South Africa: Bheki Cele Was Paid to Approve Restructuring of Crime Intelligence, Claims Hawks Investigator


Over the course of two days' testimony at the Zondo Commission, Hawks investigator Kobus Roelofse has lifted the lid on a cauldron of corruption at South Africa's State Security Agency. Those implicated thus far as benefiting from the financial abuse of crime intelligence have included current Police Minister Bheki Cele, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and high-profile journalist Ranjeni Munusamy.

Hawks investigator Kobus Roelofse told the Zondo Commission on Tuesday 18 September that there had been attempts to prevent him from testifying at the inquiry into State Capture. Given the damning nature of his testimony, it soon became clear why this might have been the case.

Roelofse has laid bare what he described as the "looting of the SSA [State Security Agency] fund" by former spy boss Richard Mdluli in collaboration with CFO Solly Lazarus. This plundering of crime intelligence resources, Roelofse said, was enabled throughout by the practice of classifying documents to prevent the exposure of fraudulent transactions.

Describing his experience working for the Hawks trying to investigate the alleged corruption, Roelofse said:

"In all honesty, I've sometimes felt like the village idiot, running from one brick wall to another brick wall."

Corroborating Roelofse's testimony to the Zondo Commission...

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