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Mbalula claims Crime Intelligence officers are spying on him

Crime Intelligence records further reveal that the unit's head Bhoyi Ngcobo now effectively reports directly to Fikile Mbalula.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula believes Crime Intelligence officers are illegally spying on him and he's ordered the acting divisional commissioner to act against them.

Crime Intelligence records further reveal that the unit's head Bhoyi Ngcobo now effectively reports directly to Mbalula, while acting national police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has been sidelined.

These developments have raised serious concerns of political interference in the unit because they appear to undermine the recognised chain of command between divisional commissioner, national commissioner and minister.

Last month, Mbalula issued directives to Crime Intelligence which EWN can confirm are being acted upon.

Police correspondence reveals that Minister Mbalula told Major General Mothiba that he believes two senior Crime Intelligence officers were spying on him and ordered Ngcobo to rescind their recent promotions.

But Mothiba has rejected the instruction - saying the minister has not provided any evidence or reasonable grounds to take action against the pair and has suggested he take the matter up with the director general of intelligence.

Mothiba has also ordered Ngcobo not to carry out the minister’s instructions or he’ll face disciplinary action.

Mbalula’s office has declined to comment on specific questions related but has denied he is issuing instructions directly to Crime Intelligence.

The police ministry has denied that Minister Mbalula has undermined the chain of command in crime intelligence, claiming he's done the opposite by ordering officers to stay away from politics.

The ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga says Mbalula addressed police union Popcru over the weekend, where he discussed the depoliticisation of the police.

“It can’t be. He actually spoke with them yesterday, saying we need a provincialised police system that does not interfere in the politics.”

But Crime Intelligence meeting minutes note Ngcobo saying he’s receiving instructions from both Mbalula and Mothiba.

The minutes also reveal that Ngcobo has been instructed to brief Mbalula on intelligence once a week and that the minister be added to a daily intelligence mailing list.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)