Crime intelligence ‘completely dysfunctional’

2011-04-02 18:02

The arrest of crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli for the murder of an alleged “love rival” 12 years ago comes amid a growing corruption scandal centring on the police’s crime intelligence division.

Last week, City Press revealed that crime intelligence officers linked to alleged Czech “mob boss” Radovan Krejcir were implicated in the illegal wire-tapping of Hawks investigators probing his activities.

Additional revelations have painted a portrait of the crime intelligence division as a rogue police unit crippled by nepotism, corruption, mismanagement and fraud.

This includes allegations that Mdluli arranged the irregular promotion of Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba – now one of his co-accused – from constable to colonel; a decision which, under normal circumstances, would have had to be approved by national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said yesterday that Cele had “neither signed nor approved the promotion” of Ximba, adding that the promotion was being investigated as part of “an internal investigation on various aspects within the crime intelligence environment”.

Cele is said to have a vested interest in the Mdluli case amid suggestions that he is taking steps against senior personnel whom he believes have embarrassed him.

Last month, City Press reported that tensions between Cele and Mdluli were running high after two police intelligence operatives paid an unannounced visit to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office.

A senior crime intelligence officer this week described the unit as isolated and “completely dysfunctional”.

He said a bitter feud was raging between senior police officers appointed by Cele and those “who are seen to be the old guard”.

Levels of distrust have reached such high levels that the Hawks recently resorted to using the National Intelligence Agency for operational support.

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