Police boss Major-General Deena Moodley is accused of abusing state funds to fund road-trips with friends. Picture: SAPS
Police boss Major-General Deena Moodley is accused of abusing state funds to fund road-trips with friends. Picture: SAPS

Major-General Deena Moodley accused of abusing state resources for a road trip to Durban; no criminal case investigated

By Thabo Makwakwa Time of article published Oct 26, 2021

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DURBAN - FIVE years after a complaint of gross misconduct was laid against top cop Major-General Deena Moodley for allegedly using taxpayers’ money to fund a road trip to Durban with colleagues, there have apparently been no consequences.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said police had made inquiries into the matter and discovered that no criminal case was being investigated.

“Should this or any matter be subjected to an internal probe, it will remain internal, and the SAPS will, therefore, not comment about it in the public domain,” Naidoo said.

The Daily News sent detailed questions to the SAPS and in response, Naidoo made it clear that the police would not disclose any of the information requested. The Daily News had asked:

• Was the trip lawful and sanctioned by the SAPS?

• What steps have been taken against Moodley for the alleged gross misconduct?

• How much did the trip cost the state?

• After being transferred in March 2016 from Pinetown to the Crime Intelligence head office, how much did the state pay for the safe houses he lived in?

• Was Moodley’s conduct in line with the SAPS regulations?

• What is the status of the complaint against Moodley and his colleagues?

• Why were only the colleagues apparently fired for their conduct, and how did Moodley remain unaffected?

Despite several attempts to contact him, Moodley did not respond to questions from the Daily News.

Instead, a man contacted the Daily News and claimed to be Moodley’s lawyer, saying he was instructed to indicate that no criminal case had been laid against Moodley.

The Daily News is in possession of documents revealing that on December 15, 2016, Moodley and two of his subordinates allegedly used taxpayers’ money when they apparently made an unsanctioned road trip to Durban.

A complaint was laid with the national police commissioner, but apparently no action was taken against Moodley, who was the previous head of Crime Intelligence in KwaZulu-Natal.

It is alleged that Moodley was driving a Crime Intelligence black VW Golf GTI registered in his name, fitted with blue lights and police sirens.

Moodley and his subordinates allegedly booked themselves into a luxury Durban beachfront hotel, using Moodley’s Tsogo Sun rewards card, on which points would probably have been added for their stay.

“The booking was paid for allegedly using state funds. (For) an unsanctioned trip, strictly for leisure purposes, the use of state funds is prohibited. The Golf GTI was parked in the hotel parking and issued a parking trip slip for the duration of the trip,” read the documents.

It was further alleged that Moodley and one female police officer shared a hotel room, while the other police officers used another room.

On his return from the trip, Moodley allegedly submitted tollgate receipts for payment as part of the operational expenses, for which he was apparently subsequently reimbursed.

The documents also revealed that this was not the first time Moodley allegedly made an unsanctioned trip at the state’s expense. On December 30, Moodley and his associates allegedly visited the Drakensberg Sun Hotel, and as per the previous trip, they allegedly used the same process to claim for all expenses incurred – for which he was apparently paid.

The police officials who had allegedly travelled with Moodley on both trips apparently submitted invoices that Moodley allegedly approved for reimbursement. Monies claimed were then apparently paid to Moodley and his associates.

After an internal investigation, Moodley and his subordinates were apparently found to have defrauded the SAPS. However, it appears only his subordinates were fired.

Pressed to provide reasons for why only Moodley’s subordinates were apparenly fired, Naidoo refused to provide reasons, stating that those who leaked the information to the media should have also provided answers to these questions.

“I will not provide any answers to any of your questions relating to this matter. We don’t discuss internal matters with the media because we don’t want to be sued by those you claim are implicated,” Naidoo said.

It was further alleged that in 2016, Moodley and a colleague also used a house belonging to the colleague as a “safe house” and claimed between R40 000 and R50 000 per month.

Prior to Moodley moving to the house, he had allegedly stayed in another “safe house” which he used as a work space. While living in that house, it is alleged that a helper who was tasked with the upkeep of the safe house had complained that her job description did not include cleaning up after an adult living in the house.

The helper was apparently removed from the safe house before Moodley left to live in another house.

Daily News

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