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NPA denies meddling in Mdluli case

2012-04-17 22:26

Cape Town - There were no political orders to drop criminal charges against crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli, acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba said on Tuesday.

"There is no instruction that has been given to any deputy Director of Public Prosecutions or any other person to withdraw the charges against General Mdluli.

"It will be a sad day in the country if we take our decisions because of political pressure," she told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice after briefing MPs on the National Prosecuting Authority's strategic plan for the year.

Jiba was responding to a question by Democratic Alliance MP Dene Smuts, who also demanded to know whether there was any link between the Mdluli saga and an attempt to suspend senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Jiba denied any connection. She said Breytenbach was given notice in February of an intention to suspend her, relating to her handling of the investigation into charges iron ore mining rivals Kumba Iron Ore and politically connected Imperial Crown Trading brought against each other.

The investigation against Breytenbach was still underway, but she was never suspended.

According to media reports Breytenbach's opposition to the NPA's decision in December last year to withdraw fraud charges against Mdluli had contributed to attempts to suspend her.

Mdluli is tipped to become the country's next police commissioner after fraud and murder charges against him were dropped two months apart, amid reports of top-level political pressure on the NPA and the Inspector General of Intelligence Faith Radebe to let him off the hook.

He was reinstated as head of the Crime Intelligence Division (CID) after the NPA dropped fraud charges against him relating to the alleged abuse of the police's service account.

Along with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and CID finance chief Solly Lazarus, he was accused of sanctioning the abuse of millions of rands from the account for private ends.

Facing mounting pressure on the matter, Mthethwa on Monday referred the claims that he abused R200 000 in police intelligence funds to refurbish his house to the Auditor General.

Mdluli has been dogged by murder charges relating to the killing of a love rival in 1999. But in February, the NPA withdrew charges against him and three others stemming from the death of Oupa Ramogibe, and established an inquest to determine whether the state had enough evidence for a trial.

The inquest heard this week that key evidence in the case had been destroyed.

Comments
  • SaintBruce - 2012-04-17 22:38

    The mere taint of criminal suspicion should automatically disqualify anyone from attaining the job of Top Cop in South Africa. But of course - that would be in a civil and just society! We have seen those values disregarded by our National Leaders before which is a sad indictment of the State of the Nation. When will they ever learn?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-17 22:57

    "It will be a sad day in the country if we take our decisions because of political pressure" Why would this be any different from the other of stories we read? First the story breaks, then there is the unsurprising denial, then all is neatly swept under the carpet. Luckily we have come to know the authority in this country, and have seriously lowered our expectations. That doesn't mean we are not disappointed, we hope for better, but don't really expect it!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-17 23:25

      It is A SAD DAY that no logical reason were given for his reinstatement!!! and WHO made the decision!!

      Dennis - 2012-04-18 05:08

      It is a sad day when you can no longer believe a word anyone in this corrupt ANC government says !!!!!!!

  • Eric - 2012-04-17 23:07

    Jiba, himself, is a bad appointment, albeit in an acting position. Can the useless ANC not find a single person, who is not tainted, to do this job? I miss Vusi Pikoli!!!

      Jay - 2012-04-18 01:22

      Hi ERIC, The TALENT POOL of the ANC has dried up years ago. One day when I grow up, I wish that I can be offered a TOP GOVT JOB by way of a Free Gravy Train Ticket. But then again, I am no longer BLACK ENOUGH. I Rest My Case

      Jack - 2012-04-18 08:42

      Incompetence is every where you look and people keep asking why the JSE is only at 10% black...the day competency and education become ANC focal points is the day this will start changing, right now blacks expect to be given top managerial positions even if they lack the basic educational backgrounds, experience and skills. One can only hope that this changes and that black people start to create their own companies.

      Alf - 2012-04-30 20:16

      That is why Pikoli had to go. He did not fit the picture. For a corrupt government it is unthinkable to have somebody who has his or her own thoughts. In Mdluli's case it makes things easier, because government have dirt on him! Whether it is only to "balance the books" remains to be seen.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-18 04:40

    DICKTATORSHIP....of course the ANC top brass gave the order to withdraw the Mdluli case...just like the charges against showerhead were dropped! WHAT A CORRUPT lot we got!!

  • Athanasius - 2012-04-18 05:22

    Then why the hell not prosecute? This is clearly an abuse of power that doesn't yield public confidence in our justice system. Its time not to give votes cheaply for centimental reasons.

  • Dave - 2012-04-18 05:23

    Government corruption surfaces again The rest of the world think SA is a joke

  • Fussed - 2012-04-18 06:23

    "key evidence in the case had been destroyed." Not missing or tampered with but destroyed. So it was there

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 07:30

    The police management deny involvement for the withdrawal of charges against Mduli and so does the NPA, well who did? Just goes to show how bad the country's governnance has become with no one taking responsibility.

  • Herman - 2012-04-18 07:31

    BS

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-04-18 07:57

    Of course we believe you... we also believe in the tooth fairy. The most irritating thing about all of this is the blatant disrespect for the people of SA, and the constant underestimating of our intelligence. When the police force becomes a tool of the political party, and investigators into corruption of political leaders and officials get threatened with suspension if they do not toe the line, it is ' a sad day'...

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 07:59

    Perhaps there should be an investigation into the death of Oupa Ramogibe - it seems when he died everything fell apart.

  • William - 2012-04-18 08:08

    How this individual is even in top public office is ridiculous!!! He should at the very least be suspended. This cop is as bent as ever!!!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 08:15

    "The key evidence had been destroyed"???? By whom????

  • Den - 2012-04-18 08:51

    just another corrupt black official, we should get used to it, it here to stay...

  • guy.goes1 - 2012-05-02 14:24

    Our country got the leaders the majority voted for, this is a fact and indicative of the hopeless lack of voter responsibility. How is it possible that we still have disasters like Mugaby,king matshwali and a clansman like Zuma etc as leaders around us. When are we going to see informed people voting with their brains and forge a proper functional goverment.

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