Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Can we beat crime?

Well, let’s just look at two articles in today’s papers and make up our minds

We have a National Police commissioner on corruption charges on full pay and costing the taxpayer millions in legal fees.

We have a Provincial Police Commissioner on 16 months sick leave to avoid answering any questions about this same drug running.

This very same drug scheme continues unabated and as one police Commander Stands up to these police criminals, he is shot.

The police farce is rotten to the core, and thanks to the ANC`s cadre deployment policy, the rot starts at the top.

The simple answer is NO. Not now, and not in 20 years.

You cannot even begin addressing crime while you have a corrupt police force. It will take at least a generation to get rid of this rot....... if there is ever the will to do so.

'Crooked' cop off for 16 months on full pay

Mpumalanga police commissioner Afrika Khumalo -- alleged in a sworn affidavit by drug baron Glenn Agliotti to have profited from drug trafficking -- has been drawing a salary for 16 months while staying at home on sick leave.

Khumalo told the Mail & Guardian he is still on "incapacity" leave, but would not say what is wrong with him or when he is expected to recover.

"I am recovering. I'm coming back to Mpumalanga," he said, before coughing loudly. "I am the police commissioner of Mpumalanga. Nothing has changed. As soon as I am better, I'm coming back."

Khumalo has not reported for work since March 23 last year. He claimed to be ill on the day he was due to respond at a press conference to media reports of Agliotti's allegations.

In a sworn affidavit to the National Prosecuting Authority on January 11 2007, Agliotti said Khumalo was implicated in an international drug-trafficking syndicate involving national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is on extended leave pending corruption charges.

In the affidavit Agliotti said Mandrax was being smuggled from Mozambique and that
crooked cops in South Africa would confiscate the contraband and return it to the crime bosses only in return for a hefty fee.

He claimed the smugglers would sometimes have to pay Khumalo as much as R1-million to recover the contraband and that the racket included liquor, cigars and cigarettes.

In his affidavit, Agliotti said he was not directly involved with Khumalo, but was connected to him through his chain of "smugglers" in the underworld. He said Paul Stemmet, a security expert who worked under Selebi, and a former security policeman, Carl "Calla" Botha, had direct links with Khumalo.

The South African Police Service has refused to comment on the Khumalo matter.

"You are not getting answers from me," said national police spokesperson Selby Bokaba. "Tell them [your editors] I refused to comment. I am speaking on behalf of the law. I am not going to discuss people's sicknesses. Why is it that we have never read about your editors being sick? What makes Afrika so special, why is he of interest to you?"

Captain Dennis Adriao, spokesperson for acting national police commissioner Tim Williams, asked for questions in writing, adding that he had many media inquiries to attend to first.

A communication officer in President Jacob Zuma's office, Terrence Manase, could not say how long police were allowed to be on sick leave with full pay. He referred questions to government spokesperson Themba Maseko, who was repeatedly unavailable and failed to return messages left on his phone.

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga's acting provincial police commissioner, Rex Machabi, has seized all case dockets from the Nelspruit branch of the provincial organised crime unit after Mandrax tablets with a street value of nearly
R4-million were stolen from what was a supposedly secure police storeroom on July 1.

Machabi confirmed that a duplicate key was used to open the store-room and steal the drugs.

"This is an indication of an inside job by one of our own members. Therefore, I have decided to remove all dockets from the organised crime unit offices in Nelspruit and keep them in my office," he said.

Machabi said the dockets will now be assigned to the provincial investigators. He gave the unit 30 days to recover the drugs and arrest the suspect, failing which every member would be removed from it.

Provincial DA leader Anthony Benadie said the Nelspruit
cops were merely following a precedent set by their superiors.

Police commander shot

The commander of the Middelburg organised crime unit in Mpumalanga was on Wednesday shot and wounded at his home, police said.

"The commander went outside to the dustbin. When he was returning to the house he was followed by an unknown gunman who started firing without saying a word," Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

Senior Superintendent Obed Ngwenya was wounded in his right leg and right arm.

The perpetrators fled Ngwenya's home in a Hyundai Tucson with Gauteng registration plates and abandoned a Toyota Corolla with Mpumalanga registration plates.

"We want to warn the perpetrators, if they are within our organisation, they are just a small against a big organisation."

Hlathi said they were not ruling out the possibility that the attack was linked to the recent reshuffle of the organised crime units in Nelspruit and Middelburg.

The stations were restructured after Mandrax worth R3,75-million was stolen from a police storeroom earlier this month.

The province's acting Commissioner Rex Machabi gave police officers 30 days to arrest the thieves or face being sent to other stations. Following no progress in the case, all but six of the 30 members of the Nelspruit organised crime unit were sent to new police stations last Friday.

Top cop tells of ‘nightmare‘ arrest ordeal

3 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

SA is a very sick country indeed - I cannot see this patient ever recovering, not in one generation, maybe never. Read this one with a previous one by FE:

Anonymous said...

Not while I have a hole in my arse..or the ANC is in power.

AMB said...

Why don't they destroy drugs taken in a raid once they've photographed/video taped it for evidence to prevent the drugs going "missing" at a later date. You can't trust these baboons looking after this type of evidence and not being tempted to get rich quick.