Business Day slams Mdluli reinstatement

2012-05-04 12:24
Johannesburg - Crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's reinstatement illustrates President Jacob Zuma's poor leadership, Business Day newspaper wrote in a front-page editorial on Friday.

"The manner in which investigations into the alleged criminal activities of Lieutenant General Mdluli have repeatedly been stymied, and those trying to follow due process have been undermined, points to political intervention at the highest level," the paper said.

Fraud, corruption and murder charges were dropped against Mdluli in February. In addition, Mdluli had acquired additional powers, becoming the only police officer who could authorise wire taps.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian reported that the Hawks had uncovered a concealed bank account used to illegally siphon money.

The account was separate from the police secret service account, which had been the subject of earlier investigations. Two unnamed sources familiar with the investigation had confirmed the discovery, according to the paper.

In one instance, commission received on police vehicles purchased for more than R40m was kept secret in the concealed account. This discovery was made as part of the Hawks' investigation into Mdluli, the weekly newspaper reported.

The Hawks had continued to investigate Mdluli without his knowledge, as it had a constitutional obligation to probe alleged criminality, the paper reported.

Mdluli told the Mail & Guardian he was not aware of the investigation.

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