Ipid probes bank service providers
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.