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Mdluli: KZN cop in witness protection

2012-04-23 12:02

Durban - A senior officer in crime intelligence in KwaZulu-Natal holds the key to the successful prosecution of his boss, Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, and his confidantes for allegedly looting the division’s secret fund.

The officer, who revealed details of alleged fraud, theft and nepotism to Hawks investigators, has been placed in a witness protection programme since spilling the beans months ago.

The name of the officer is known to Media24 Investigations, but is not being published in the interests of his security.

Details of the officer and how he led Hawks investigators to unearth evidence of the rot in crime intelligence is contained in two affidavits - made by the Hawks' Colonel Kobus Roelofse and Lieutenant Colonel Piet Viljoen - and a top-secret report sent to acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Victimisation

Several other crime intelligence members also provided the Hawks investigators with information, and according to Roelofse’s affidavit, they “do not want to speak openly and are fearful of Mdluli”.

Viljoen said Mdluli “retains the misguided loyalty of many colleagues” and therefore whistleblowers “are scared of victimisation” and their fears are “not necessarily unfounded”.

The whistleblower is a close confidante of crime intelligence finance head General Solly Lazarus who controls the division’s secret fund of around R250m a year.

Lazarus promoted the whistleblower from clerk to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2010, the statements say.

He had then used him to appoint and handle family members, rent safe houses for the use of top officers, submit false claims, book air tickets for their private use and participate in the distribution of luxury vehicles for Mdluli and his cronies.

When the Hawks pounced on crime intelligence last year, they questioned the whistleblower. He admitted that he had submitted false claims for his own benefit in excess of R100 000.

He agreed to co-operate and made a lengthy affidavit. He opened his safe to the Hawks and revealed a treasure trove of potentially incriminating evidence against top officers.

The Hawks investigators say in their statements that they have verified many of the whistleblower’s claims.

Invoices


Among the documents from the whistleblower’s safe were the invoices that show that the secret fund paid for “security renovations” at the KwaZulu-Natal home of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The whistleblower also gave jobs to seven family members of Mdluli and seven family members of convicted drug dealer Panganathan Marimuthu in crime intelligence and was responsible for organising flights for the Mdluli family.

The tickets were paid for out of the secret fund, although they were for private use.

He told the investigators how a group of senior crime intelligence officers, including Mdluli, Lazarus and he, went overseas to buy equipment. Mdluli’s wife, who at the time worked for the department of home affairs, accompanied them. She flew business class and her ticket of R46 000 was paid out of the secret fund.

The group spent only two days on official business buying new equipment. The rest of the time they shopped and did sightseeing. Even some of the shopping was paid for by the secret fund.

After the Hawks investigators secured the co-operation of the whistleblower, he told them that plans were being made to destroy records that implicated others.

When Hawks investigators attempted to seize records from a travel agent who did bookings for crime intelligence, he said he knew they were coming. An intelligence officer had tipped him off.

The investigators found various documents in his wastepaper basket that had been torn to pieces. They managed to piece the information together and found that family members of Lazarus who undertook flights had been recorded under different names.

Requests for comment to the senior police officers named went unanswered. McIntosh Polela, the Hawks spokesperson, said he could not comment as the issues related to crime intelligence and could be the subject of court action.

- Media24 Investigations

Comments
  • Werner - 2012-04-23 12:07

    And what will be done about that, maybe a promotion

      Herman - 2012-04-23 12:15

      Or transfer higher up in the food chain.....seems to me they are doing their work excellently and according to anc SOP, thus promotion will be in order. Frikken criminals!

  • Fussed - 2012-04-23 12:13

    Put in an upmarket suit with an entertainment allowance that was paid for buy your stolen cash How things just go round and round

  • Andrew - 2012-04-23 12:17

    Typical of that criminal and gutless president that is seriously stuffing RSA up with impunity. The sooner he is tried, Convicted and sent to jail where he belongs the better.

  • Piet - 2012-04-23 12:19

    Just like the mafia, La Xhosa Nostra!

      Thando - 2012-04-23 12:48

      Now Piet WTF ur on about?

      Piet - 2012-04-23 12:52

      I am on about the ANC who behaves like the mafia, corruption racketeering, witnesses that must be placed under protection. Sounds like Al Capone stories....

      Peter - 2012-04-23 13:01

      @Bluzulu - What justice? where is the justice in any of these cases? Shall we take a bet on how long this case will go on for and whether the guy in the witness protection programme will live long enough to actually give his case. He will be silenced or the evidence will not be suffiecent its the same outcome in every corruption case these days.

      Chad - 2012-04-23 15:13

      @bluzulu why are you in auckland, nz?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 17:11

      Simple, get the evidence and let the Judicial system take it's course. If they are found guilty Imprison the traitors and confiscate their estates. There is justice in RSA....The corrupt MUST GO

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-23 12:23

    Joe Public has to deal with crime on a daily basis, yet it seems that the police priorities lie elsewhere. Mdluli is a BAD egg, why was he allowed back?

      Marion - 2012-04-23 12:29

      He was probably allowed back because 'Do you remember the time you ....'

  • Bryan - 2012-04-23 12:25

    The rot just never seems to end.....

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-04-23 12:26

    Get rid of these b@st@rds! Permanetly. They and their cronnies are parasites!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-23 12:27

    Ms Mdluli-you had better hire 24 hr security! You are not going to last long,you are treading on too many toes!

  • Marion - 2012-04-23 12:28

    I wouldn't go into witness protection in SA. The minute the trial is over you're on your own again. Some witness protection that is.

      Craig - 2012-04-23 12:52

      Yep. The budget has already been spent...

  • David - 2012-04-23 12:34

    Wow they have even bribed a travel agent to cover up. Wonder who the travel agent is

  • Gary - 2012-04-23 12:35

    Suspension on FULL pay, then a NEVER ending chain of appeals, before absolutely NOTHING happens to these very people who are supposed to be upholding the Law in our Country!! Heaven help South Africa and it's future....... SPITTING MAD!!

  • Dave - 2012-04-23 12:36

    Wouldnt trust any witness protection program in this country with our crooked cops, this guy better get his bum outta this country, and fast...

  • pietopper - 2012-04-23 12:41

    With all those details, you might as well publish the whistleblower's name. You have already identified him.

      Rob - 2012-04-23 14:08

      Idiotic journalism! No wonder the state wants to control journalistic content with the standard that exists these days.

      Silindile - 2012-04-24 17:04

      My thoughts exactly. So incredibly irresponsible and stupid. Typical of News24 though.

  • Craig - 2012-04-23 12:49

    ... and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Damn sure the is more behind the scenes corruption we will never be told about...

  • Thando - 2012-04-23 12:50

    I really hope tht convictions come out of ths soapie.......

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-23 12:56

    Desperado aka mdluli is known for not taking no prisonner on his onslaught crusade . So the witness better be protected ..really protected

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-23 13:05

    While being protected treat him with the best food stuffs available he deserves it as well as a Bells now and then....

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-23 13:11

    This case could be in the treason category. How did these not so intelligent agency actually do any intelligent work. They should be charged with treason for stealing public funds. Who are these 'intelle-genci' suppose to spy on anyway? The Chinese, the Russians, American's .......who exactly are they spying on.......maybe their fellow ANC members,... ensuring they toe the ANC-line of corruption.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-23 13:16

    Mdluli, that's our next police general right?. Surely Jacob isn't going to do that to us.

  • Loo - 2012-04-23 13:26

    SHOCKING that most of the high profile crimes are committed by ,, here it comes " OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FRATERNITY" while the politicians in another article today say " Help us and the police fight crime" .. Holy s**t ,, Will someone pleeeeaaassseeee help the politicians to understand WHAT frustrates the avg South African ,, or is it Azanian now ,, Damn man ,, I seem to be too stupid to understand this country .. Maybe that is why I get so frustrated. Imagine how frustrated Julius must be cause he is definitely waaaayyyy more stupid than I.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-04-23 13:36

    Basically what Mdludli did was theft but will he get away with it ? yes , what will happen a cushy job with the govt

  • William - 2012-04-23 13:59

    WHY MDLULI IS STILL IN THE POLICE FORCE....AND WHY IS THE MINISTER OF SAFETY AND SECURITY QUITE

  • Hudayfah - 2012-04-23 14:13

    sounds fun!

  • Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-04-23 16:19

    this is what happens when an uneducated majority decides to elect a government. Chaos

  • Manqoba - 2012-04-27 06:25

    If these allegations are true who can we trust,

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