The Star Late Edition

SAPS probe extended


THE PROBE into police finances has been expanded to cover another 16 months.

This means that SAPS finances over seven years are now being investigat­ed.

Days before Christmas, President Jacob Zuma signed a proclamati­on giving the Special Investigat­ing Unit (SIU) the power to investigat­e matters within the police for the extra period from August 2010 to December last year.

SIU investigat­ions must be authorised by presidenti­al proclamati­on. The initial investigat­ion into police affairs was proclaimed in August 2010.

That gave the unit powers to investigat­e matters from January 2005 to the date of that proclamati­on. The new proclamati­on extends the investigat­ion to December 23, 2011, the date of that proclamati­on.

In terms of the proclamati­ons, the SIU investigat­ion includes any serious maladminis­tration in the SAPS, improper or unlawful conduct by its employees, unlawful appropriat­ion or expenditur­e of public resources, unlawful or irregular or improper acquisitio­ns or transactio­ns regarding state property, or intentiona­l or negligent loss of public money.

A key aspect the investigat­ion is expected to cover is the leasing of property for SAPS offices.

The Public Protector has found that leases signed by the SAPS for the Middestad building in Pretoria and the Transnet building in Durban, valued at R1.78 billion, were invalid and that the SAPS’S conduct over this was improper and unlawful.

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