Mdluli still getting his full salary

2014-07-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli, the suspended head of SAPS crime intelligence, is still earning his full salary, despite not working since 2011.

National commissioner General ­Riah Phiyega confirmed this to sister paper Beeld after addressing Parliament’s portfolio committee on ­police.

In answer to a question by the DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard, Phiyega told the committee she is aware the Mdluli case has been dragging on, but the issue is not only in the hands of the police.

“When a case is in court, we are all bound by that. We have to wait to see what happens in the courts.”

Charges were previously withdrawn against Mdluli, but in June the National Prosecuting Authority decided to charge him again with ­defeating the ends of justice, intimidation and assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, in connection with the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe.

Phiyega said the decision has ­altered the situation and the SAPS is busy deciding on the next step.

“We hope the issue is finalised. It is in the basket of issues we are handling.”

Kohler Barnard said it is unacceptable that Mdluli is still being paid. “He has been suspended on full pay for two years and no one dares to take action against him.

“Richard Mdluli gets a salary of R1,5 million or perhaps R2 million a year? He’s sitting at home while the police do nothing. He must go.”

When charges were dropped in 2012, his suspension was lifted he was reinstated as head of crime intelligence after writing to President ­Jacob Zuma asking that the case be dropped.

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