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Police ministry probing alleged plot to oust Mbalula

The Ministry says it is aware of an apparent undercover project involving rogue agents from the Hawks and the South African Police Service.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Police Ministry says it’s investigating reports of a secret plot to oust Minister Fikile Mbalula by rogue police spies.

The ministry says that it is aware of an apparent undercover project involving rogue agents from the Hawks and the South African Police Service.

There are reports that Mbalula may be facing the backlash as a result of suspending former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli and former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza.

However, the ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga says there is no link between the two.

“No, no, you know that Mdluli was already suspended at the time we came in, so the police are doing that work to make sure we find a way to close that particular chapter.”

Mhaga says that law enforcement authorities are verifying the report.

“Those are the issues that I think we would want to get the necessary authorities to really first to authenticate the report that’s there and subsequently, then we will be able to understand its legitimacy.”