A recent report from AfriForum has shown that the top officials in the justice ministry are using their power to silence colleagues.
The report, authored by forensic consultant, Paul O’Sullivan, said the criminal justice system has been abusing its power and state funds to protect President Jacob Zuma and his allies.
The report found that nearly R17 million was spent in litigation costs which AfriForum said was spent on just four of the “targets”, fell victim to the alleged capture of the criminal justice system.
Among the evidence compiled are those of the link between key government officials in the South African Police Service, the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), dating back to the 2010 “Zimbabwean rendition” matter which had key Hawks members being accused of illegally conducting the deportation of two Zimbabweans.
The group used letters, parliamentary replies and a sworn statement from Ipid head Robert McBride as part of its evidence to support its claim.
AfriForum also made mention of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, Hawks national head Berning Ntlemeza, Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi and National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams as those they accuse of using their power to silence colleagues in a bid to protect their illicit interests.
The lobby group describes former police Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli as being the power hand behind the suspensions of former Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya and former Hawks boss Anwar Dramat who are expected to appear in court next week to face charges relating to kidnapping and breaking migration laws in connection with the Zimbabweans.
There were also evidences that Nhleko knew about criminal allegations against Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo, who was divisional commissioner of detective services at the time, as well as Ntlemeza, regarding “strong connections with the underworld”.
AfriForum said it would hand the report to the public protector for further investigation.