SPY BOSS HAS ‘FRAUDULENT’ SECURITY CLEARANCE
Fraudulent top secret security clearance certificates have allegedly been issued to top intelligence officials, letter reveals
Acting crime intelligence boss Major General Pat Mokushane and two of his colleagues are in possession of fraudulent top secret security clearance certificates, according to the unit’s head of counterintelligence. A strongly worded letter in City Press’ possession reveals that Mokushane and two senior colleagues obtained their top secret security clearance certificates in an “unprocedural, unlawful and fraudulent” manner.
The letter – written last week by crime intelligence’s counter- and security intelligence head, Major General DA Zimu – was addressed to Mokushane and acting national police commissioner
Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba.
It reads: “The purpose of this communication is to inform the acting divisional commissioner about the fraudulent printing of the security clearance certificates of Major General Mokushane, Brigadier ML Phetlhe and Brigadier VVV Mazwi.”
In the letter, Zimu also states that Phetlhe ordered that the clearance certificates be printed on June 30, after instructing the sectional commander of vetting, Colonel JA Tshabangu, to, “among other things, print the security clearance certificate of Major General Mokushane”.
Last month, Mothiba told Parliament that Mokushane had obtained his clearance certificate and that “he was just waiting for a copy of it”. Mothiba had also told MPs that employing Mokushane without the proper paperwork in place had been an “oversight.” Two months ago, City Press reported that, in 2002, Mokushane was found guilty of violating the National Road Traffic Act, that he was arrested in 1993 for being in possession of suspected stolen property and that he had hired his wife as his personal assistant, which he denies.
In the letter, Zimu writes that, after he learnt of Phetlhe’s “unlawful and unprocedural instruction”, he informed the offices of Mokushane and Mothiba that Mokushane still had to submit outstanding information to the vetting team and that the security vetting panel had not met to consider his application.
On July 4, Zimu said, Tshabangu told him that Phetlhe had instructed him to print security clearance certificates for Mazwi and himself.
City Press has also obtained a letter that was presented to Zimu to sign, granting security clearance to Phetlhe and Mazwi and approving the printing thereof. City Press has obtained copies of “unprocedural, fraudulent and unlawful” certificates issued to Mazwi and Phetlhe.
“I informed Colonel Tshabangu that I could not sign said letter because I had not received such instructions,” wrote Zimu.
“Even if I had, such an instruction would have been unlawful. Brigadier Phetlhe is not a member of the counterintelligence environment. Her involvement therein is unprocedural. Brigadier Phetlhe’s instruction to Colonel Tshabangu regarding the printing of the certificates in question was unlawful. The printing of the certificates without following procedure was unlawful and driven by an instruction whose intent was to commit fraud.”
Zimu recommended that the certificates be rescinded and recalled for safekeeping, adding that Phetlhe should also be criminally charged or internally disciplined. Zimu also recommended that the inspector-general of intelligence investigate Phetlhe for her irregular involvement in the work of counterintelligence, issuing illegal instructions to Tshabangu, and receiving unlawful security clearance certificates.
“Brigadier Phetlhe must be temporarily transferred or suspended with immediate effect pending the finalisation of these serious matters,” he wrote, adding that Phetlhe “should not be exposed to the sensitive crime-intelligence environment until her security competence is confirmed”.
The documents also show that Mokushane still had to submit his matric certificate, tertiary qualifications, registration documents for his three companies, declaration of interests, financial disclosures, credit card details, property ownership records, hirepurchase agreements and bank statements to the vetting team.
Other than his outstanding documentation, further crime-intelligence documents obtained by City Press show that Mokushane’s former secretary received an allowance of R500 from the police, which she used to call her boss’ business partners. In addition, she had drawn a monthly amount of R10 000 from the police’s slush fund, and claimed that the money was for informers.
Two weeks ago it was reported that Mokushane had not obtained his clearance because he failed to submit the aforementioned documents. It was also reported that Mokushane had tried in vain to convince State Security Minister David Mahlobo to intervene. Mahlobo reportedly asked him to follow procedure.
Police spokesperson Major General Sally de Beer declined to respond, saying that the “matter is being dealt with internally and will not be discussed in the media space. I am therefore not in a position to respond to your detailed questions.”
Zimu’s letter also accuses Phetlhe of impropriety. “For instance, in organising the refreshments that were to be served during a recent three-day meeting convened by the acting divisional commissioner: crime intelligence, Brigadier Phetlhe received the payments thereof in her personal bank account, in contravention of Treasury and other legal stipulations.”
The documents show that Phetlhe received R50 000 in her account at Capitec bank.
The purpose of this communication is to inform the acting divisional commissioner about the fraudulent printing of the security clearance certificates