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Former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko Among Witnesses Expected At State Capture Inquiry

South African Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko speaks at the release of the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics at the South African Police Service Training Academy in Pretoria on September 19, 2014. The murder rate in crime-hit South Africa rose to almost 47 murders a day last year, according to damning police statistics released on September 19. Some 17,068 people were murdered in the country in the 12 months to March, police commissioner Riah Phiyega revealed, a five percent rise from the previous year. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER

It’s set to be a busy week as the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture resumes on Monday. The commission will hear evidence relating to allegations of corruption at different law enforcement agencies.

Former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is amongst the witnesses expected to take the stand this week.

Nhleko has applied to rebut former IPID Head Robert McBride’s assertion.

In April 2019, McBride told the commission that Nhleko illegally suspended him and former Hawks Head Anwar Dramat and two of his colleagues Shadrack Sibiya and Lesley Maluleke for their involvement in the rendition of five Zimbabweans.

However, last year the court provisionally withdrew charges against them.

Again Nhleko is set to dispute McBride’s allegations that during his tenure as Police Minister, he appointed a Zimbabwean convicted fraudster Leon Mbangwa who faked his South African citizenship as Chief of Staff in his office.

It’s alleged Mbangwa, whose real name was Lionel Moyo, was arrested in 2000 and was sentenced to a jail term. It’s not clear for how long will Nhleko be on the stand.

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