Police Commissioner presents questionable R120, 000 to King



BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

JOHANNESBURG :Police National Commissioner Isaac Magagula’s R120, 000 gift to King Mswati has triggered tension among junior police officers who accused their boss of using their money to entice the King for a political appointment. The money was sourced from Green Pastures, a police Savings and Credit Society and it was presented to the King during the recently held Police Day. Superintendent Khulani Mamba, the police Spokesperson said the rightful people to comment on the matter were the administrators of the fund. He was speaking to this Swaziland News publication after being asked to comment regarding the alleged tension within the service.

“It is the Green Pastures management who can comment on that” he said briefly. When asked to refer this journalist to the administrators of the fund, the police spokesperson advised this reporter to get contacts from the police sources who leaked the story.

“The cops who gave you the story have all the contacts sir” he said. Police sources both in the lower and higher ranks confirmed that tension escalated after the National Commissioner surprised them by presenting R120, 000 to the King during the police day allegedly, without proper consultation. A senior member of the police service told this publication that as much as the money was presented to the King, they were yet to get facts on how and why it was released during their Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“We still to get facts during our annual general meeting” said the source who preferred not to give more details. Insiders disclosed that the police officers were further frustrated with the delay of the said AGM as their superiors consistently present one reason after another justifying the delay.

“We were never consulted as members and as we speak, we waiting for the AGM that we don’t even know when it will take place. Over the years, the AGM would take place during the first week of July “said the source within the police.

Isaac Magagula, the controversial Commissioner of Police is allegedly lobbying for a top post in government after his contract expired this year. During the pass out parade King Mswati confirmed speculations that Magagula might be appointed into another position after he strategically appointed Sibangani Mngomezulu as Senior Deputy National Commissioner. Mngomezulu, the brother-in law of the King is highly expected to take over as National Commissioner should Magagula be appointed into a powerful position. In 2008, King Mswati used the same method when he rewarded Edgar Hillary with a political post. The former Police Commissioner was subsequently appointed Justice Minister.