Nhleko appears before MPs


Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, at a media briefing on August 19, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said it was premature for him to consider whether President Jacob Zuma should repay a portion of the money spent on upgrades to Nkandla.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is appearing before parliament’s police portfolio committee on Wednesday to answer questions relating to the SAPS and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Last month, Nhleko attempted to clarify issues concerning the suspension of Ipid head Robert McBride and alleged irregular expenditure, during a media briefing he called.

READ: Nhleko denies claims he incriminated McBride

News24 had reported that Nhleko had arranged for R30-million to be paid to an NGO associated with Nomcebo Mthembu, rumoured to have a romantic relationship with the minister, in exchange for goods and services that could have been provided for free.

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Nhleko also denied that he had been trying to frame McBride for murder and that he had orchestrated payment to a company connected to Mthembu.

Nhleko has asked the public protector to investigate the alleged R30-million payment to the NGO run by Mthembu, called Indoni.

More recently, Nhleko's decision to appoint Berning Ntlemeza as the head of the Hawks has been challenged in the North Gauteng High Court.

Lobby groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation sought to have the decision review,ed saying the appointment was irrational and unlawful.