Mdluli issue not a national question – Mantashe

2012-05-21 11:30

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli’s dispute with the police is not a “national question”, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

“Why should the case of a civil servant in trouble with his department become a national question?” he told journalists at a briefing on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Luthuli House, Johannesburg, today.

Mantashe admitted that Mdluli was discussed at the meeting which took place at St George’s Hotel in Irene over the weekend.

He also said Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale’s complaint to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, lodged over the weekend, on the “ground coverage” intelligence report was a complaint by “an individual citizen”.

“It can’t be a issue of the NEC,” he said.

Sexwale, a member of the NEC, wanted Madonsela to investigate the report, in which he was named as the leader of a conspiracy to remove President Jacob Zuma – something Sexwale has denied.

Sexwale said if Mdluli had anything to do with the report, he possibly abused state resources to investigate intra-party issues. Mdluli denied knowledge of the report.

Acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi this morning confirmed to Xolani Gwala on SAFM’s AM Live that he had signed a notice to suspend Mdluli last Sunday.

Mkhwanazi said he did not know whether the notice had been served or not.

Mantashe told journalists this morning “that a department can expel a man or shift him sideways should not be an issue”.

Cabinet members like Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula have previously complained that Mdluli was involved in tapping their phones and there is a perception that Mdluli was being protected by Zuma.

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