The disciplinary hearing of the suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson Moses Dlamini is expected to begin at the Ipid’s head office in Pretoria on Friday.
Dlamini is accused of being in contact with suspended Ipid head Robert McBride, McBride’s legal adviser Pule Maoka, and also disparaging Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and acting Ipid head Israel Kgamanyane in a series of emails.
Dlamini and Maoke were transferred to Durban and Polokwane in Limpopo, respectively, last year September for allegedly leaking information about Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyo’s daughter Boniwe, who had secured the position of deputy director of investigations in the Free State despite apparently lacking the required recognised qualifications or experience
Ipid’s acting chief director of corporate services, Nomkhosi Netsianda, who recommended against Sotyu being appointed, was also suspended.
Netsianda was suspended for disagreeing with Kgamanyane on three different appointments, “raising her voice” at an internal audit meeting where the funding of the court case on Ipid’s independence was discussed, and leaking information about the appointment of Sotyu, among other charges.
Maoka and Dlamini successfully fought their transfers in the Labour Court, which ordered their return to work, only for Kgamanyane to suspend them anyway.
Dlamini was suspended for allowing suspended Ipid head Robert McBride and Maoka onto the Ipid premises, and for the aforementioned emails.
It is believed the State Security Agency was called in to identify the source of the emails, which pointed a finger at Dlamini.
Maoka was suspended because he was assisting employees in disciplinary hearings and disputes that apparently had potential for conflict in his position as legal adviser, and because he allegedly failed to disclose his financial interests for the 2015/16 financial year.
Dlamini has little chance
If claims of irregularities in the manner in which the former head of investigations, Matthews Sesoko, were dismissed have any legs, it may not go well for Dlamini today.
Presiding over the event will be controversial head of the Gauteng Hawks Major General Prince Mokotedi, who, according to his Twitter account, says “I am for 100% Juz, 100% Jozi, 100% Jazz, 100% JZ”.
A former head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s Integrity Management Unit, Mokotedi comes with his own history of turmoil.
In July, DA member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Kate Lorimer accused Mokotedi of not having security clearance, five months after being appointed to his position.
This was allegedly due to Mokotedi having civil judgments to the tune of more than R1 million rand, which Mokotedi has reportedly said he made arrangements to clear.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangweni Mulaudzi has said Mokotedi was eligible for the position.
In August 2014 Mokotedi was charged with nine contraventions, including gross insubordination, dissemination of false and misleading information, and bringing the NPA into disrepute while at the NPA’s Integrity Unit. He resigned in a blaze of publicity before the disciplinary process could go ahead.
Despite never being cleared of the charges that were dropped when Mokotedi resigned, this was not seen as a stumbling block to his appointment at the Hawks.
The R17 million man
Mokotedi also had a hand in the eventual resignation of NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana, telling Radio 702 presenter Redi Thlabi he had “got the information of a murder” and that, when confronted, Nxasana had told him he had nothing to disclose to him.
“Then I said, if you are telling me that then I will have to open a file to do that investigation with or without your permission,” Mokotedi told Thlabi.
As it turned out, Nxasana had been acquitted of a murder charge in the 80s, which Nxasana had not felt necessary to disclose during his job interview.
It was once Nxasana began making waves around NPA deputy Nomgcobo Jiba that the accusations surfaced, leading to President Jacob Zuma beginning the process of a board of inquiry that was staved off at the 11th hour when Nxasana took a R17 million golden handshake.
Mokotedi’s history goes back even further. He was tasked with investigating internal corruption at the Scorpions – precursor to today’s Hawks – and allegations that the secret services fund was being misused.
Mokotedi testified in the corruption trial of Jackie Selebi that SA Police Service members were giving information to members of the Scorpions who would then present the information as if they had received it from their own sources, then claim informer fees they would then pocket.
Even Gerrie Nel was not safe
He implicated state advocate and then head of the Scorpions Gerrie Nel in the matter. Nel was prosecuting Selebi.
Nel was arrested on fraud, defeating the ends of justice and perjury, all of which were eventually dropped. Selebi’s attempt at an interdict prohibiting the Scorpions and the ministry of justice from instituting any criminal prosecution against him, or taking any further steps in any envisaged criminal prosecution, failed, opening the path for his eventual prosecution.
The arrest was widely seen as an attempt to stop Nel prosecuting Selebi, and Mokotedi’s testimony was seen as an attempt to discredit him.
And while Dlamini faces off against Mokotedi, the Hawks case against forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan goes ahead in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.
He faces charges of kidnapping, extortion and intimidation of Ronald Bobroff & Partners candidate attorney Cora Van der Merwe, who spilled the beans on alleged Road Traffic Fund abuses by the firm.