- Fikile Mbalula said he was not involved in the shady deals
- The crime intelligence division is accused of having syphoned millions
- Mbalula's former adviser is among those implicated
ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula has denied that he was involved in a plot to steal millions from the SAPS's crime intelligence division.
This comes after Mbalula's former adviser Bongani Mbindwane was implicated in the shady plan. Mbindwane is alleged to have met with SAPS top brass in 2017 in order to purchase a spying device at the inflated price of R45 million.
The market price of the device is between R7 million and R10 million.
The proceeds from the inflated price were reportedly meant to buy votes for Nksozana Dlamini-Zuma and her allies at Nasrec in 2017.
However, Mbalula said that he was not involved in any money laundering plots while he was police minister. He went on to imply that Ipid head Robert McBride had concocted the allegations in order to further his own career.
Mbindwane also denied being involved in any procurement meetings, calling the allegations "nonsensical".
These are not the first allegations leveled at SAPS's crime intelligence division. last year, Ipid challenged the censorship of documents which reportedly contained evidence of massive fraud and corruption within the unit.
Among the evidence in the documents was a report that the crime intelligence division had spent millions on surveillance and encryption tools. The crime intelligence unit allegedly used this technology to spy on correspondence between the former police commissioner and certain SAPS detectives in order to frustrate Ipid's investigation.
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