Fraud­u­lent top se­cret se­cu­rity clear­ance cer­tifi­cates have al­legedly been is­sued to top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials, let­ter re­veals

CityPress - - Front Page - SIPHO MASONDO and ABRAM MASHEGO sipho.masondo@city­press.co.za abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

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

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