[FIRST ON EWN] Ipid wants senior cop suspended ahead of fraud probe

Ipid says in a letter to acting National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba, that Major-General Obed Nemutanzhela’s continued presence as head of the crime intelligence slush fund will hamper their investigation.

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PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can reveal that police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has asked the police to suspend the head of the crime intelligence secret slush fund as he faces a half-a-million-rand fraud investigation.

The details are contained in correspondence, which Eyewitness News has seen, that Ipid sent to police management on the first of this month.

It’s understood that the police have not acted on the request.

Ipid says in a letter to acting National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba, that Major-General Obed Nemutanzhela’s continued presence as head of the crime intelligence slush fund will hamper their investigation.

The watchdog body also believes that cooperation with witnesses will be impeded.

Nemutanzhela allegedly authorized a cash advance of R563,000 for installing blinds at crime intelligence safe houses in 2013.

But the actual cost of the job was less than R100,000.

The major-general is facing charges of fraud and theft of state money.

The police say they are looking into Eyewitness News’ inquiry.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)