Hawks colonel: ‘My own people are plotting against me’

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A senior Hawks investigating officer suspects he is on a hit list apparently because of an investigation he led into Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Jiba, the deputy national director of public prosecutions, and Mrwebi, the head of the specialised commercial crime unit, were being investigated for their role in the decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against Richard Mdluli, the suspended head of the South African Police Service’s crime intelligence division.

Both advocates were struck off the roll in September this year. The following month, President Jacob Zuma gave notice of intention to suspend them, pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

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Now Solly Magobosha, a colonel in the Hawks’ serious economic crimes unit, fears that his investigations into Mdluli and the two NPA advocates have led to senior Hawks members and State Security Agency (SSA) agents plotting against him.

Magobosha is also outspoken about the climate of “mistrust” in the Hawks.

He handed the completed docket to his superior, General Alfred Khana, two and a half months ago so that it could be presented to the NPA for a decision on whether Jiba and Mrwebi should be charged for defeating the ends of justice.

But Hawks boss General Berning Ntlemeza told Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development that the docket was still under investigation.

Magobosha dismissed this as a blatant lie.

“There is no decision on the docket, whether to withdraw the matter or not.

Source: Mail & Guardian
Hawks colonel: ‘My own people are plotting against me’


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