- After blowing the whistle on attempts to siphon R45 million from the police - allegedly to buy ANC votes - a brigadier who reported the matter has allegedly been taken to task
- This comes as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is locked in a legal battle with the SAPS to declassify documents needed to probe the matter
- R7 million was allegedly illegally paid to a company, with procurement laws flouted in the process
Brigadier Tiyani Hlungwani blew the whistle on an alleged attempt to use police funding to allegedly buy ANC votes.
Hlungwani penned a detailed affidavit to IPID, detailing how R45 million was allegedly funnelled out of a state security fund, and as a result faced an 'expeditious hearing' on the matter.
During the hearing, Hlungwani's representatives said the incident was payback for foiling the alleged theft, reports IOL.
Hlungwani, the head of finance responsible for the secret services account, said senior police officials, including General Khehla Sitole, and acting head of crime intelligence at the time, Major General King Ngcobo, had allegedly agitated for the procurement of a spying device for R45 million.
Hlungwani, who is adamant that the device cost only R10 million, told Ngcobo that the purchase of the device would be illegal:
“I told him (Ngcobo) that he was handing himself over to the people that have been sabotaging his efforts to clean crime intelligence and that he (would) go to jail because purchasing a grabber of R45m from i-View was illegal and was not in compliance with the Public Finances Management Act."
High-places sources claim that the R35 million difference in price would be used to buy delegates in order to sway votes at the 2017 ANC elective conference.
Hlungwani said he had managed to prevent the transaction, but R7 million was paid to Inban Kistiah, owner of I-View, in exchange for the equipment.
Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini commented on the matter, saying that:
“The IPID conducted an investigation, which required the declassification of certain information, in the custody of crime intelligence and SAPS. Subpoenas were issued for certain officials to provide this information. They challenged the subpoenas in the North Gauteng High Court. This matter is pending a set down date.”
Both the SAPS and the ANC have not responded for requests for comment on the matter.
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