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Lifting Mdluli's suspension 'a disgrace'

2012-03-29 07:21

Johannesburg - The DA says the lifting of crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli's suspension is a "disgrace", and it will pursue all avenues to ensure the law takes its course.

Mdluli was suspended last year after his arrest for murder and fraud, but the charges were subsequently withdrawn.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo announced on Wednesday that a decision had been made to lift Mdluli's suspension, as well as that of Major General Solomon Lazarus.

"This has been an internal process and will not be discussed further in the public domain," he said.

Political interference


"The DA holds this as an absolute disgrace given the controversy surrounding Mdluli, including allegations of fraud and murder," said the party's police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard in late on Wednesday.

"The DA maintains that the prosecution of Mdluli was improperly dropped amid allegations of political interference."

Kohler Barnard wants the decision to drop the charges to be reviewed, particularly in the light of increasing speculation that Mdluli would replace suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele, and his rumoured ties with President Jacob Zuma.

"We will investigate all avenues available to ensure that the law takes its course.

"South Africans deserve a full and comprehensive explanation for the decision and the DA will be utilising all mechanisms available to ensure that this is forthcoming," she said.

Mashigo said the resolution to lift the suspension took effect on Tuesday.

Lazarus was suspended pending an investigation into his and other officials' alleged abuse of the division's R200m secret services account.

The allegations against Mdluli included defrauding crime intelligence to buy two new BMWs for himself and his wife; appointing or promoting family members to the agent programme and the unauthorised use of safe houses for his personal benefit.

Comments
  • Buhle - 2012-03-29 07:26

    Friends of Zumaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Ya ne.....

      Martin - 2012-03-29 08:09

      These people think our brains are dead.They suspended Lazarus for R200m,now they claim it's an internal matter.I fully agree it's an internal organized criminals,Continue with charges against Lazarus,he's taking half the police force to jail.On Mdluli,he's playing both sides with ambitions.

      J-Man - 2012-03-29 08:25

      Ja nee. "This has been an internal process and will not be discussed further in the public domain" - Translation: we do what we want, illegally, and cover it up....again.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-29 14:57

      Disgraceful.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-03-29 07:27

    Guess who's got the files on the rape charges, fraud charges, etc.

      p.borchard - 2012-03-29 08:15

      "This has been an internal process and will not be discussed further in the public domain" W T F !!!! No, it is NOT an internal issue, it is blatant political manipulation of the law. PaasHaas, I think you are 100 % correct

  • grant.hide - 2012-03-29 07:28

    Crime pays for these crooks.

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-03-29 07:29

    This story is one sided to mudluli what about solomon? DA need to get a life.

      Brett - 2012-03-29 07:40

      You need to get another brain cell.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-29 07:54

      Brett, firstly Mavhungu needs a brain.

      Amused - 2012-03-29 08:08

      Go on then, what about Solomon ??

      Scouter - 2012-03-29 12:57

      Mavhungu - your ignorance/blind faith clearly knows no bounds. In a few years time I hope you enjoy the desperate situation that many of the Zimbabwean refugees are now feeling as they try to escape the long awaited freedom their struggle brought them. Blind fool that you are.

  • jack.kukard - 2012-03-29 07:29

    They all showering together , birds of a feather flock together...

      Raymond - 2012-03-29 07:46

      All sharing showerhead's space, no doubt.

  • philani.goba - 2012-03-29 07:30

    If you let the clowns run the country, expect nothing more than a circus show.

  • Vic - 2012-03-29 07:32

    Absolute bloody disgrace. Friends rotecting Zuma, in case corruption charges are reinstated. Go DA; get to the bottom of it and leave no stone unturned.

      Leo - 2012-03-29 07:55

      Yes, leave no stone unturned and whilst you're at it, also use the same energy to address the inequalities and land issue in SA.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-29 14:53

      They will..

  • Scouter - 2012-03-29 07:44

    "This has been an internal process and will not be discussed further in the public domain," he said. Welcome to the Zimbabwe way of doing things people. One small step for nepotism, one giant leap for totalitarianism.

  • Herman - 2012-03-29 07:48

    Well, the way criminals have been appointed as Commissioner of SAP, it was just a question of time before a murder is to be appointed in this position. Go anc, go! Bring SA to its knees as quickly as possible, so that a new Republic can be formed under a real democratic and anti corrupt as well as highly competent government and you the anc criminals be sent to hell.

  • Leo - 2012-03-29 07:52

    DA should go fly a kite, lets see them using the same energy to address the land issue in SA..

      Amused - 2012-03-29 08:16

      For goodness sake !!!!!! The ANC are the government, they must deal with the land issue. They are just too incompetent to do so. I would love the DA to deal with the land issue, but first they need to be elected and given the power to do so. They would do a far better job that this incumbent bunch of cretins. The only stumbling block is that people like you keep voting in the cretins and wondering why nothing gets fixed. Stupid is as stupid does !!

      Archie - 2012-03-29 08:26

      The land issue is a smokescreen,anyone can buy land anywhere in RSA. no city dweller in his right mind wants a piece of land in the middle of nowhere with nothing on it(no job no shops no electricity no mall).Mdluli had serious charges to face.abracadabra they are now gone,please explain what land has to do with this issue and why you protect Mdluli!

      John - 2012-03-29 08:28

      Leo, help us vote them into power and maybe you'll get the attention to the land issue. With these goons you're going to wait a long time.

      flysouth - 2012-03-29 12:41

      Leo - may I remind you that the DA is not the government and thus has no power at this time to address such issues! When (not if) the DA is in government I am sure you will see a lot of energy and competence brought to bear on all issues including land. However as others have stated the land issue is simply a smokescreen. The vast majority of people in SA and indeed the rest of the world, have neither the desire, motivation or the knowledge to take up farming. We have seen the result of that in SA where productive farms have been destroyed by people given the land by the ANC. In fact the ANC itself recently admitted that over 80% of such redistribution of farms has failed miserably! In the modern world ownership of land is not and should not be the issue. I own no land at all, yet am totally capable of making a living and this capability rests entirely on skills coupled with initiative and ambition - what more does one need in life in the 21st century? A DA government, unlike the ANC will take major steps to provide education,skills and equal opportunity to all who want to acquire them. This will be done under the "Open Opportunity Society' programme of the DA. The ANC on the other hand has spent 18 years ensuring that opportunity is available only to their cronies.

      Scouter - 2012-03-29 13:08

      Leo - kites have air under their wings. Which I am guessing is more than you do.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-03-29 08:02

    next Malema will be reinstated! what is really shocking is that they think that they can get away with it, DISGUSTING!!!!

      Bob - 2012-03-29 08:07

      The problem is they do get away with it!

      John - 2012-03-29 08:34

      I don't think Malema is going to be reinstated now that Mdluli's suspension is over. If JuJu has any sense he'll be planning a quick trip to seek asylum with Bob. Zuma is gathering his cronies to take care of dissidents.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-29 08:10

    Typical of our laws. One for ANC high profile people and another for the rest. A bloody disgrace!!!

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-29 08:15

    With a 2 thirds majority the ANC CAN do whatever it wants! So now look in the mirror and repeat after me "I am an idiot because I didn't vote" and then go and check that you are on the voters role www.elections.org.za AND GO VOTE! We need a strong opposition and in a hurry. DA can only do what they are mandated to do!

      zetzingane - 2012-03-30 16:51

      DA WILL NEVER RULE THIS COUNTRY

  • Bertus - 2012-03-29 08:23

    S&P downgraded SA's growth rating from "stable" to "negative". Well, what happened the past few weeks with cronies jumping ranks and a suspected fraudster/murderer re-appointed in his senior position at the SAPS, judicial reviews and talks about constitutional reviews by government, the dangerous Info Bill and not to mention the rising service delivery protests going on, I say all of SA's rankings will fall faster than you can say ANC.

      Scouter - 2012-03-29 13:15

      Bertus - News24 saw fit to delete my reply comment which included that magic word 'China'. You are right in every assertion you make - SA has tripped over into a downward spiral in the past 48 hours. Let's hope this comment stays.

  • William - 2012-03-29 08:40

    SAPS Mafia, nice one!!!! Seems like if you are at the top and politically connected you can literally get away with murder!!! Internal process!!!! What a joke!!!

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-29 08:45

    Just how many much of the cr@p does this useless ANC govenement expect South Africans to swallow!? Wake up people! Its no longer a joke. The SA taxpayer is paying the ANC to do a job, the ANC is stealing, murdering and sleeping on the job. FIRE THE ANC!

  • Qinisile - 2012-03-29 08:48

    its sweet that he bought his wife a new BMW tooo caring hubby kwa kwa kwaaaahhhh...

  • Ofentse - 2012-03-29 08:51

    Our phones ~ wireless! Cooking ~ fireless! Cars ~ keyless! Food ~ fatless! Dress ~ sleeveless! Youth ~jobless ! Leaders ~shameless ! Relationships ~meaningless! Attitude ~ careless! Wives ~fearless! Feelings ~ heartless! The Arab world - dictatorless! Zimbabwin dollar - worthless! Somalia still - lawless! Criminals n terrorists alike -ruthless! Education ~ valueless! Children ~ mannerless ! Women ~ Restless! men in their 30s - spouseless! African development plans -Useless! you en me - clueless! Everything is becoming LESS But still, Our Hopes are ~ Endless! Infact, I am speechless!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-29 11:48

      The mindless Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption is relentless.

  • Singatha - 2012-03-29 09:46

    "increasing speculation that Mdluli would replace suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele" Please no,Please no.

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:47

    The disciplinary procedure in the SAPS is very effective.I believe and know that Tony Yengeni was convicted for receiving discount on his Merc.How is it impossible to convict Mdluli for the Beemers.Instead he's reinstated with cloud hanging all over him.Solly Lazarus is their only lifeline.He didn't blow R200million alone.Political solution was the only way to hide corruption.Is it a coincidence that our security forces abilities are questionable.Thanks to the three tenors;Cele,Cwele and Gagiano.

      Scouter - 2012-03-29 13:33

      Finger trouble Martin or just impatience? You made your point with your first post. This is a crap site - make your comment and leave it. If you are lucky it might eventually show but no need for the full on Tank Regiment approach.

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:47

    The disciplinary procedure in the SAPS is very effective.I believe and know that Tony Yengeni was convicted for receiving discount on his Merc.How is it impossible to convict Mdluli for the Beemers.Instead he's reinstated with cloud hanging all over him.Solly Lazarus is their only lifeline.He didn't blow R200million alone.Political solution was the only way to hide corruption.Is it a coincidence that our security forces abilities are questionable.Thanks to the three tenors;Cele,Cwele and Gagiano.

      johannes.dire - 2012-03-30 09:27

      Sir with due respect , Luitenant General Mdluli is a very senior officer of the police service, so please look at the SAPS act first before you speculate. The disciplinary procedure of the SAPS does not apply to Mdluli, not that he is above the law , but look the act first a post an infomative and well researched content

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:48

    The disciplinary procedure in the SAPS is very effective.I believe and know that Tony Yengeni was convicted for receiving discount on his Merc.How is it impossible to convict Mdluli for the Beemers.Instead he's reinstated with cloud hanging all over him.Solly Lazarus is their only lifeline.He didn't blow R200million alone.Political solution was the only way to hide corruption.Is it a coincidence that our security forces abilities are questionable.Thanks to the three tenors;Cele,Cwele and Gagiano.

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:49

    The disciplinary procedure in the SAPS is very effective.I believe and know that Tony Yengeni was convicted for receiving discount on his Merc.How is it impossible to convict Mdluli for the Beemers.Instead he's reinstated with cloud hanging all over him.Solly Lazarus is their only lifeline.He didn't blow R200million alone.Political solution was the only way to hide corruption.Is it a coincidence that our security forces abilities are questionable.Thanks to the three tenors;Cele,Cwele and Gagiano.

  • Martin - 2012-03-29 09:49

    The disciplinary procedure in the SAPS is very effective.I believe and know that Tony Yengeni was convicted for receiving discount on his Merc.How is it impossible to convict Mdluli for the Beemers.Instead he's reinstated with cloud hanging all over him.Solly Lazarus is their only lifeline.He didn't blow R200million alone.Political solution was the only way to hide corruption.Is it a coincidence that our security forces abilities are questionable.Thanks to the three tenors;Cele,Cwele and Gagiano.

  • Neil - 2012-03-29 11:13

    Usual corruption. Business as usual.

  • Bibi - 2012-03-29 12:07

    The land issue will always be an issue, while the powers that be stay crooked and has now real plan to save the poor - not talking election promises here. If the crime (and soon to be police) boss have no credibility, how can the rest of the country function in a just way.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-29 13:26

    I am not Nostradamus, I am not St John of the Book of Revelation and I am most certainly not a Rocket Scientist - but I do recognise a disaster when I see one on the horizon. Africa's sad history is about to repeat itself yet again, I just feel it in my bones.

  • johannes.dire - 2012-03-30 09:20

    This is a DA campaign stage, go to parliament and engage on matter of public interest. let me take this time to take u through the procedures for the benefit of those who dont understand. President of the republic is a commander in chief of all security forces including the police service So having said that the president have a fudiciary duties to put the safety of the country and others at first , (hope he can explain it better) remember even the former president had the National Commissioner of Police left in his job dispite the corruption case , so if we need to deal with this matters lets not have selective thinking. We must also not forget the three pillars of our Jurisprudence Equality before the law The right to be presumed inocent until proven otherwise etc so this issue need a clear understanding of issues first

  • Kenny - 2012-03-30 10:37

    Come 2014 the trash governing this country will be history NOW IS THE TIME to start mobilising freedom loving people of this country especially the poor, unemployed, the homeless and just about everyone who loves South Africa to use the only power they have (The Vote) to oust the ANC - for as long as the ANC has huge majorities in parliament South Africans will never taste genuine freedom in their life time - NOW IS THE TIME

  • Wayne - 2012-03-30 17:28

    @Zetzingani - what the hell has that got to do with the subject at hand?

  • frank.hartry - 2012-03-30 17:57

    This ANC government led by Zuma should be taken to the international court and charged with trying to destroy a country that Mandela, Sizulu, Bizos, Slovo and Tambo democratised. Zuma is a disgrace. He owes Mdluli because as a detective investigating Zuma's rape charge he seemingly deliberately made a mess up which resulted in Zuma being acquitted. Zuma owes him big as he does Simelane and Cele. This country is now a criminal country worse than the aparthed regime. Not even George Bizos is listened to.

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