Ipid probes bank ser­vice providers

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - DEN­NIS CRUY­WA­GEN

THE In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate is in­ves­ti­gat­ing cor­rup­tion that in­volves pay­ments be­ing made to ser­vice providers in banks out­side the coun­try with that money were flow­ing back into South Africa.

“Our team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors are meet­ing with the NPA and also the As­sets For­fei­ture Unit to map out the way for­ward,” Ipid’s na­tional head of in­ves­ti­ga­tions ad­vo­cate Matthews Se­soko told the po­lice port­fo­lio com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

Ipid was also prob­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing gen­er­als in the South African Po­lice Ser­vice crime in­tel­li­gence, Se­soko said.

He praised act­ing na­tional com­mis­sioner Le­setja Moth­iba, adding that Ipid was get­ting good co­op­er­a­tion since the re­moval of Gen Kho­motso Phahlane from that po­si­tion.

As part of a new cli­mate at Ipid, he said, the direc­torate had also met with Isaac Din­twe, in­spec­tor­gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence and they had con­ducted joint in­ves­ti­ga­tions into crime in­tel­li­gence.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion into Phahlane were con­tin­u­ing. “Be­cause of co­op­er­a­tion we have opened up this mat­ter,” Se­soko said.

The Ipid in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been look­ing at “more cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing more ser­vice providers. Also trans­ac­tions that have taken place out­side the coun­try”.

Se­soko said Ipid in­ves­ti­ga­tors had “found money paid into banks out­side South Africa and then re­turned to South Africa”.

“As I speak our team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors are meet­ing with the NPA and also the As­sets For­fei­ture Unit to map out the way for­ward.”

Ipid was also con­tin­u­ing with crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions of tor­ture against a Gen Mab­ula in North West.

“We have been push­ing the NPA on th­ese mat­ters. We have re­cently got a de­ci­sion to pro­ceed against two of those mat­ters. The mat­ter will go to court on the 27th of this month in Klerks­dorp.”

Se­soko said other mat­ters in­volv­ing th­ese “mem­bers” were with the na­tional di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions.

“We are await­ing a de­ci­sion.” He said that a hand­writ­ing ex­pert had been called in to as­sist with a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Once this ev­i­dence was in, this mat­ter would also be re­ferred to the na­tional di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions.

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