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FIRST ON EWN: Former acting Ipid chief given top job at Hawks

Israel Kgamanyane was accused of purging Ipid staff believed to have been close to Robert McBride while McBride was suspended.

FILE: Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA – Eyewitness News can reveal how Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza scrambled to find a vacant post in the Hawks for the former acting head of Ipid and approved his transfer within days.

Israel Kgamanyane was allegedly responsible for a purge of staff and restructuring of Ipid staff believed to have been close to Robert McBride while McBride was suspended.

The Hawks have confirmed that Kgamanyane is now a major-general based at its head office and is heading up its special investigations unit.

McBride returned to his post in September after successfully challenging the constitutionality of the provisions Police Minister Nathi Nhleko relied on to suspend him.

On 17 October, Kgamanyane sent a letter to Nhleko and Hawks’ head Berning Ntlemeza, asking that he be transferred out of Ipid to the Hawks.

Correspondence which Eyewitness News has seen, show that on 15 November last year, Nhleko asked Ntlemeza if there was a vacant post available for Kgamanyane, and if there was the possibility to immediately transfer him.

Two days later, the minister and head of the Hawks informed Kgamanyane that he has been appointed as a major-general within the unit.

The minister has downplayed the events.

“I don’t, why would it have to concern you. It’s a non-issue. I mean people get transferred on daily basis within the service.”

Ipid has confirmed that Kgamanyane is facing charges of fraud and corruption which is why McBride objected to the transfer.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)