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Mthethwa explains police visit to Public Protector

Minister says two officers involved have had their suspension lifted

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 1833

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 29 JULY 2011

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20- 2011)

1833. Mrs L S Chikunga (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether, with reference to his replies to oral questions 28 and 32 on 23 March 2011, the investigation into the unauthorised visit by the two members of the SA Police Service (SAPS) to the office of the Public Protector has been finalised; if not, when will it be finalised; if so, (a) what are the findings of the investigation and (b) what is the status of the two members of the SAPS?

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REPLY:

The investigation into the visit to the office of the Public Protector by the two members of the South African Police Service (the Service) has been finalised.

(a) The findings are that the two police officials visited the office of the Public Protector in the performance of their duties. The officers were acting on an instruction and under the guidance of Senior Management of Crime Intelligence in order to establish whether the official documents that had found their way into the media were a part of the Public Protector's report.

The affirmative answer would have concluded the enquiry. However, the opposite answer would have suggested that the documents had leaked from the Service, which would require further investigation by the Service. I have also sought legal opinions on the investigation and these opinions concurred with the findings.

(b) The members were suspended on 4 March 2011 to allow the investigations to be conducted and their suspension was lifted on 13 April 2011.

Reply to question 1833 approved by the Minister

Issued by Parliament, August 25 2011

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