Criminal cops worry Cabinet

2012-05-04 11:30

Cabinet says it is concerned about the involvement of police officers in criminal activities.

At the post-Cabinet briefing today, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane also slammed public spats between top police officers, saying such heated public exchanges did not “enhance government’s efforts to fight crime in the country”.

The meeting comes at a time when police crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli controversially had criminal charges against him withdrawn, and was reinstated in his job. The controversy has also been fuelled by speculation that Mdluli could replace General Bheki Cele as the next national police commissioner.

However, Chabane said the meeting had not discussed Mdluli as Cabinet doesn’t discuss individual government employees. He said the issues pertaining to the police would be handled by the relevant department.

“We appreciate that people should get worried when there are issues they believe are not going well ... it would be unfair to expect Cabinet to discuss them case by case as they happen in the public domain and (people) want Cabinet to take decisions,” he said.

He said while Cabinet was worried about the Mdluli matter, it was up to the relevant committee and department to resolve such issues.

“So, yes, it is true that Cabinet is worried like everybody else is worried about the issues, but I think it would be too much to expect government to discuss individual cases,” Chabane said.

Cabinet has also appointed a task team on Gauteng’s R20-billion e-tolling project, which will be chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, and which will involve several ministries.

Last weekend, the North Gauteng High Court slammed brakes on plans to levy tolls on motorists using Gauteng’s freeways. The task team will also look at ways to respond to the court’s ruling.

“It will also meet with stakeholders in order to find constructive solutions and consensus on the outstanding matters,” Chabane said.

Cabinet has given guarantees for the country to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. The host cities were named as Johannesburg, Mbombela, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, and Ethekwini.

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