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Mothiba faces defeating ends of justice charges for 'shielding rogue officers'

It’s understood the cases were opened by a senior police officer at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria on Thursday.

FILE: Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that Acting National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly shielding rogue crime intelligence officers from an investigation.

It’s understood the cases were opened by a senior police officer at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria on Thursday.

In August, Mothiba appointed Major General Bhoyi Ngcobo as acting head of crime intelligence, Ngcobo is a former senior member of President Jacob Zuma’s protection unit.

Eyewitness News understands a crime intelligence brigadier, Leonora Phetle, opened the defeating the ends of justice case against Mothiba.

It is alleged that Mothiba told a meeting of senior officers that no general in crime intelligence shall be investigated for allegedly leaking classified reports to the media.

It’s understood that Phetle has also opened a case against Major General Dumezweni Zimu.

But these cases may just be another blow in the tit-for-tat battles within the unit.

It was reported in August that Zimu had accused Phetle of fabricating a security clearance certificate for the former acting head of crime intelligence.

The police’s Sally de Beer says the matter is being handled internally and declined to comment further.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)