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New Crime Intelligence Head Appointed to Protect Police Minister from Investigation, Affidavit Alleges

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Damning Allegation

New crime intelligence head Major General Dumisani Khumalo was appointed to protect Police Minister, Bheki Cele, and other senior officers within the police service from criminal investigation. This damning allegation is contained in an affidavit dated March 3 filed by the suspended Secret Services Account head, Brigadier Tiyani Hlungwani.

Irregular Appointment

In his affidavit, Hlungwani alleges that Khumalo was promoted without following normal appointment procedures of the SAPS. According to Hlungwani, Khumalo was appointed because he had a job to do, which was to cover up corruption and cases that are investigated against the police minister, Hamilton Bheki Cele, General Masemola, Lt General Mkhwanazi, Peter Jacobs, and other senior officers, as well as Inban Kistiah of I-view Integrated Systems.

Whistleblower

Hlungwani wrote that he was a whistleblower and a witness in the cases that involved Cele’s other top police officers, including the national commissioner, Masemola, KwaZulu-Natal commissioner Mkhwanazi, and Jacobs, a former acting crime intelligence section head, and others. Kistiah is a businessman who sold bullet vests to the police. Hlungwani claimed that when he was appointed to the divisional crime intelligence in its Secret Service Account component, he discovered massive systematic theft and corruption involving state funds.

Victimisation and Harassment

“I made several attempts to address the issue with senior managers to no avail, but instead, I was victimised, harassed, arrested, subjected to frivolous disciplinary processes, hauled before a number of expeditious processes, and illegally transferred out of my position. This is still continuing, and as I write this statement, I have not been given work by my supervisors for almost four years now,” the affidavit read.

Selective Discipline

Hlungwani, who filed an affidavit in response to an internal disciplinary initiated by Khumalo, alleged that his boss was selective in the application of discipline and only targeted those he wanted out. Hlungwani wrote that when Khumalo was heading a political killings task team in KwaZulu-Natal, he was not in possession of a valid security clearance, yet he was allowed to access top-secret classified information, such as the intelligence reports into the death of former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, which involves informants, and other covert highly classified information.

SAPS Unaware of Affidavit

Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said the SAPS management was not aware of such an affidavit.

Credit: https://www.news24.com/citypress/news/new-crime-intelligence-head-appointed-to-cover-up-corruption-affidavit-20230316

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