Mdluli dossier tug-of-war between Hawks and NPA

2015-01-29 00:00

THE acting head of the Hawks allegedly ordered on Tuesday that the dossier on suspended head of crime ­intelligence, Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli, be handed over to him.

This has raised new fears about ­possible improper interference with the Hawks’ investigation since General Anwa Dramat was suspended and ­replaced by Major-General Benny ­Ntlemeza.

Meanwhile, Beeld has also learnt the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks may yet have a tug-of-war with the Mdluli dossier.

A source, who also confirmed Ntlemeza’s order to be given the Mdluli dossier, said the document was still held by the prosecutor, who had allegedly approached senior members of the NPA for advice about Ntlemeza’s order. At the time of print last night there was still no clarity whether the dossier was handed to the senior investigating officer in charge of the Mdluli dossier, or to Ntlemeza. Sister paper Beeld has learnt Ntlemeza ordered Captain Theunis de Klerk, the investigating officer in the perjury case against three top prosecutors, to hand the Mdluli dossier to him personally. The order reportedly came only hours after De Klerk had taken down caution statements from advocates Nomgcobo Jiba, Lawrence Mrwebi and Sibongile Mzinyathi. These statements are one of the final steps before an investigation is completed. Jiba, Mrwebi and ­Mzinyathi are accused of protecting Mdluli against a massive corruption case linked to the police’s secret fund.

Four independent sources confirmed to Beeld that De Klerk, the investigating officer, received an order from Ntlemeza. But Ntlemeza’s ­spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani ­Mulaudzi denied any order was given regarding Mdluli’s dossier.

“Any person who has evidence [of this] must bring it to us,” he said.

In 2010, Ntlemeza supported Mdluli with a report exonerating ­Mdluli. Mdluli used the report to show there was a plot against him.

Executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, Lawson Naidoo, said there was a suspicion of “improper interference” by Ntlemeza, who was busy with radical restructuring at the Hawks. Ntlemeza’s own appointment will be contested in court next week.

Beeld could not reach De Klerk for comment.

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