Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has categorically denied the existence of an alleged smear campaign against Major General Jeremy Vearey.
Vearey, commander of the Western Cape police's anti-gang unit, accused Plato, gang leaders and other politicians of launching a political attack against him.
Plato has criticised Vearey for bringing the allegations to the media, instead of laying a formal charge or complaint as an officer of the State.
According to Vearey, three affidavits have emerged implicating him in corrupt activities.
He explains that despite receiving information, he has not personally pursued any investigation involving the top cop.
I do not have investigative powers. Any information I receive, I hand over to the relevant bodies for investigation... I want to put it categorically. There is no smear campaign against General Vearey or any other police officer.— Dan Plato, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato
Plato denies having links with gang kingpins, and said that the allegations are an effort to derail his fight against gangsterism.
He has challenged Vearey to substantiate the claims with a charge sheet, and refutes having any knowledge of an incriminating DVD.
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