The imminent arrest of at least three top Crime Intelligence (CI) policemen implicated in several heists of public funds during Jacob Zuma’s presidency has been welcomed.

At the same time, suspended National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole – whose alignment with Zuma’s faction and failure to deal with the KZN and Gauteng riots saw him sidelined – yesterday told the Human Rights Commission’s inquisitorial hearings that the SAPS was ‘not equal to the task’ when the riots began.

The Daily Maverick says it has learned of the imminent arrest of Major-General Obed Nemutanzhela, who, as head of the Secret Service Account, allegedly signed off ‘a hot cash budget’ for a rogue CI unit to splash at the ANC’s 53rd elective conference at Mangaung in 2012.

The major-general was also named as a key enabler and suspect in attempts to thwart an Ipid investigation into former acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane (who now also faces arrest on graft charges).

Back in 2012/13, the aim of the about 30-person unit recruited (with the promise of promotion) by CI’s Captain Morris ‘KGB’ Tshabalala, was that Zuma triumphed.

Four months before Nasrec, in August 2017, Zuma then appointed his former head of protection services, Major-General King Bhoyi Ngcobo, as acting head of Crime Intelligence.

Daily Maverick says it understands that Ngcobo’s arrest is also imminent.

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