- Minister Nathi Mthethwa has been accused of receiving a luxury vehicle as a 'gift' bought with funds meant for the Crime Intelligence's account
- Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo has testified how he dropped off an E-class Mercedes at the minister's home
- When Mthethwa thought he was being followed by the media, he promptly returned the vehicle
Nathi Mthethwa has been accused of accepting a luxury Mercedes-Benz purchased with Crime Intelligence's slush funding.
TimesLIVE reports that during his time as police minister in 2009, Mthethwa had been gifted a R373 000 vehicle, according to Dhanajaya Naidoo.
Testifying at the State Capture Inquiry, Naidoo retold how he personally delivered the vehicle along with an agent known only as FM11:
"This vehicle was specifically purchased for use by Nathi Mthethwa, who was minister of police. Myself and FM11 delivered this vehicle to his residence in Pretoria. It was registered in the name of FM11."
The South African reports that when Mthethwa had suspected he was being followed, he promptly returned the car:
"The minister utilised this vehicle for a few months. I remember this because Mdluli instructed me to pick up the vehicle from the minister's house as the minister informed him he no longer wanted to make use of this vehicle because journalists were following him."
Briefly.co.za reported that Naidoo is currently in witness protection after blowing the lid on how the Crime Intelligence fund was misused.
The former senior intelligence agent had claimed the fund had been used to bribe journalists to 'spin' stories for the secret service.
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