Pretoria – Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has requested the Auditor-General to investigate allegations that renovations at his private house were paid for, as well as a car purchased on his behalf, from a crime intelligence secret service account.
“The minister … has noted in a very serious light, media allegations about him personally and inappropriately benefitting at state’s expense. Accordingly, he has now telephonically requested the Auditor General to investigate these allegations and will be formally writing to him urgently,” said the Police Ministry in a statement.
In a City Press article, allegations were made that renovations at his private house were paid for, as well as a car purchased on his behalf, from a crime intelligence secret service account.
The article further referred to sources with knowledge of the minister’s alleged involvement in the “slush fund” probe.
“Minister Mthethwa wishes to reiterate that no state funds were used in renovating his private residence or those of his immediate relatives. He has also not seen or used the Mercedes Benz car that is falsely attributed to him.
“The only involvement of the police was conducting a security threat analysis around the house once it was completed. We hope these allegations are not confusing security measures of which he, like any other Cabinet Minister, is entitled to,” said the Ministry.
It said it hoped the Auditor General investigation would unmask those behind these continuous false accusations against the minister and their motives. – BuaNews