Richard Mdluli claims Glynnis Breytenbach, others want him dead

2013-12-05 18:16

Disgraced crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli alleges that two top state prosecutors and the Hawks policeman who investigated him for murder and corruption want to assassinate him.

Mdluli alleges this in the charges he laid against prosecutors Glynnis Breytenbach and Gerrie Nel and Hawks investigator Colonel Kobus Roelofse in October this year.

Mdluli alleges in an affidavit he has reliable information that Breytenbach, Nel and Roelofse are conspiring to kill him.

He said in his affidavit that if the murder conspiracy again him failed, they planned to coach and instruct witnesses if charges against him should be reinstated.

Roelofse refused to comment this week and referred City Press to the police spokesperson, Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.

Makgale confirmed the charges and said: “The matter has been reported to us and we are busy with our investigation. We are at a very early stage of this process.”

Mdluli laid the charges against the three shortly after Judge John Murphy ordered in the North Gauteng High Court in September that all murder, fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli be reinstated.

He also instructed the national police commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, to take steps to reinstate disciplinary charges against Mdluli.

The NPA is appealing Murphy’s judgment.

Mdluli was suspended by former police commissioner Bheki Cele in May 2011 after disciplinary charges were brought against him following his arrest in March that year on murder and kidnapping charges.

These related to the alleged murder of his love rival in 1999.

He was again arrested in September 2011 on fraud and corruption charges related to the alleged abuse of the crime intelligence secret fund.

Criminal charges against him were withdrawn and Freedom Under Law challenged his reinstatement in 2012. He was suspended again.

Breytenbach was suspended by the NPA because she accused her superiors of being complicit in an attempt to protect Mdluli from prosecution. She wanted the prosecution to proceed.

Breytenbach headed the regional specialised commercial crime unit in Pretoria and has always believed that Mdluli has a case to answer.

In the epic battle between the police and the Scorpions in 2007, Mdluli’s name featured in a plot by those allied to then police commissioner Jackie Selebi to have his prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, arrested on trumped-up charges.

Senior NPA official Nomgcobo Jiba, who has been acting as the head of the NPA for the past year-and-a-half, was suspended for her role in Nel’s peculiar arrest.

Jiba and Mdluli are widely regarded as confidants.

Roelofse was the chief investigator in the murder and kidnapping and fraud and corruption investigations against Mdluli.

Roelofse has laid a complaint of defeating the ends of justice against Lawrence Mrwebi, head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) at the NPA. Mrwebi decided in November 2011 to withdraw corruption charges against Mdluli.

It was not the first time that Mdluli has alleged a criminal conspiracy against him.

In 2011, Mdluli wrote a letter – allegedly to President Jacob Zuma – that Bheki Cele, Hawks commander Lieutenant General Anwa

Dramat, operational services head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya and Gauteng police chief Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros ganged up against him.

Police minister Nathi Mthethwa appointed the chief state law adviser, Enver Daniels, to investigate.

Daniels found there was no evidence of a conspiracy.

Breytenbach and Nel did not comment on their alleged conspiracy against Mdluli, while the suspended crime intelligence chief could not be traced for comment.

However, sources say his allegations could be a strategy to prevent Nel, Breytenbach and Roelofse from playing any further role in his prosecution.

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