18.4.2019 12:51 pm
Booysens says the amount was in excess of the R100k permitted by the ministerial handbook for upgrades.
Former KZN Hawks boss Major-General (Ret) Johan Booysen on Wednesday told the commission of inquiry into state capture that an approximate R195 000 was paid from the secret services account to build a fence at the private residence of former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The former Ipid head says the Zimbabwean national was employed as chief of staff in Nathi Nhleko’s office.
He says the forces that should be fighting against this patronage system are being sabotaged politically.
Zondo says he has reserved his judgment on one issue and will seek clarity from both parties.
Independent statutory bodies like Ipid, Hawks and the South African Receiver of Revenue (Sars) were paralysed when key individuals were removed.
The former Ipid head was emphatic during cross-examination at the Zondo commission that ‘what has happened, has continued and still continues.’
The former Ipid head says a copy had been made of the evidence and when he returned from suspension the case was resuscitated.
He says that Israel Kgamanyane took decisions which were not in the interest of protecting Ipid’s independence.
Former Ipid head Robert McBride slams former police minister Nathi Nhleko for ‘going low’ and using a ‘hurried’ report to ‘nail’ him and his colleagues.
He says the media should also exercise caution when handling leaked information and avoid spreading a particular agenda or narrative.
The former Ipid head says the report, issued by a law firm, got it wrong, jumped to a conclusion, and was hurried in its completion.
The former Bosasa COO alleged that a former Empowerdex employee received bribes in exchange for dishing out favourible BEE ratings.
‘The matter of crime intelligence classifying documents is ongoing,’ which renders Ipid unable to proceed with probes, he testified.
Former Ipid head Robert McBride told the state capture inquiry Nhleko used a provisional report that did not include exculpatory evidence.