The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to remove Head of Gauteng Hawks, Prince Mokotedi for allegedly not having a security clearance.
DA’s Kate Lorimer said according to documents in their possession, Mokotedi has two court judgements against him outstanding debts. She added both judgements were made in December 2015 and Mokotedi was appointed on the 3rd of February this year.
“The first in favour of Investec for the amounts R1 002 million for a bond and R100 480 for accredit card, as well as one in favour of ABSA for R9 559 on a credit card,” said Lorimer.
She also reiterated that with these judgments against him, Mokotedi would never qualify for a security clearance as this makes him a high risk for future corrupt or criminal activity.
“Did Mokotedi declare these civil judgements at the time of his appointment? If he did, why was he still appointed to the position of Gauteng Hawks Head? If he did not declare them, will he now be removed from his position?” asked Lorimer.
She further said that Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi should be investigated as at the time of Mokotedi’s appointment, it was reported that he underwent a formal application and interview process.
Mokotedi responded and said when he applied for the position; he had stated that he had been tied up in court with two banks relating to his payments being in arrears.
He added he is aware that his bid for the security clearance currently being spoiled by the pending civil litigation relating to his personal finances.
Lorimer added: “Either way, Mokotedi does not seem to be a man of integrity and should not be in a position of responsibility. He must not be allowed to continue as Head of the Hawks without security clearance nearly five months after his appointment”.