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Public to stay in dark over Mdluli findings

2012-04-24 22:36

Cape Town -  Public Protector Thuli Madonsela conceded on Tuesday that as with the outcome of other investigations by the intelligence oversight office, the findings of the Richard Mdluli investigation will not be made public.

"I had not thought of that. It is true that my default position is to make public my findings and hers [inspector general of intelligence Faith Radebe] is not," Madonsela said.

She said that Radebe would share her findings with her.

Madonsela was speaking at Parliament in Cape Town where she earlier said that she would hold fire on allegations that the crime intelligence boss abused state funds, as the matter was still with Radebe.

"I gave the matter to my counterpart in intelligence because she is already involved," Madonsela told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"She is looking at it and we will see how it pans out."

Madonsela was recently approached by the Democratic Alliance and the FW de Klerk Foundation to investigate reports that Mdluli had abused R5m in police intelligence funds by appointing family members as secret agents.

She said a preliminary look into matter revealed that Radebe had not concluded her own, advanced investigation into the case.

"It makes sense to allow the inspector general of intelligence to conclude and to take a watching brief."

Knows what to do

Mdluli is tipped to become the country's next police commissioner, but has been riding a storm of controversy.

He was reinstated as crime intelligence chief in February after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped fraud and corruption charges relating to the abuse of the secret service account.

This came two months after the NPA withdrew murder charges against him relating to the 1999 killing of a love rival.

Media reports at the weekend said Radebe wrote to acting police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, asking that criminal charges against Mdluli be reinstated, but came under top-level political pressure to withdraw the recommendation.

Madonsela said she had met with Radebe and was not given any indication that she was giving in to political duress.

"I really got the sense that she knows what to do and is doing that."

Madonsela has also been asked to investigate reports that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa used R200 000 from the police intelligence slush fund to build a wall around his private home.

The minister himself has asked the auditor general (AG) to investigate the matter.

Madonsela said she may therefore adopt the same approach as with the Mdluli matter.

"If the AG is looking at the Mthethwa matter we would want to know who was asked first. There is no point in duplicating work."

Comments
  • Hoosen Essa - 2012-04-24 23:03

    i need a legal oppinion! can i withhold my taxes in protest??

      Ted - 2012-04-25 00:16

      No. It can only be done by big-wigs with impunity and for no protest at all! Be warned not to dare. There is an African saying to guide you, not a lawyer/lier:' He who swallows whole marula fruits is so sure of the end point of his digestive system'! You may be hurt! You have to pay and maybe toyi toyi in protest.

      John - 2012-04-25 05:07

      Ted, could you please hold the edge of the carpet up? There's a load of $hyte destined to be covered up, my heart bleeds for my country. Vote DA, only sure cure for cANCer.

      Oscar - 2012-04-25 05:43

      And there we all thought that Madonsela is going to be different from the rest of the corrupt, thieving ANC cadres. The big issue at hand here is that the ANC is not even trying to hide corruption from the public any more.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-25 06:43

      I sleep better knowing that Mdluli's grandmother is protecting me with her secret agent skills..

      Sam - 2012-04-25 10:17

      What a load of hogwash, Oscar. Madonsela is doing the right thing, why should she duplicate an investigation which she has determined is being properly carried out, PLUS she'd going to get the feedback once it's done, PLUS she's said that if she isn't satisfied that all matters have been addressed, she will review her decision not to take the matter up. Madonsela has done enough to prove her integrity and credentials; give her a break and let her do her work. She's a shining light in this country.

      Gary - 2012-05-02 15:46

      JohnB, I would agree with you, but there is a more important point... and that is for law abiding self respecting South Africans to vote for anyone EXCEPT the ANC. The DA may be doing a great job, but the fact is the brainwashed will not vote for them for a long time. However, voting for anyone other than the ANC will strenghten our democracy.

  • Lotus - 2012-04-25 00:20

    Ya this guy must have so string tight connections up somewhere!I feel sorry for myself and fellow citizens!

      John - 2012-04-25 05:15

      He has, right at the top. Showerhead is lining him up to be his Terminator. Hasta la vista, opponents.

  • Denise - 2012-04-25 03:07

    HOW THE LAW WORKS IN SOUTH AFRICA & WHAT IS OR ISN'T A CRIME... ***NOTE - NPA, Judiciary, Police Force shall mean those instruments of government or ruling party paid for by the moro … citizens & employed or utilised solely for the benefit of the government or ruling party. Murder? — Well if you blow away say Kebble or anyone else that those in charge of “National Insecurity” don’t particularly fancy you’ll be given a Section 204 indemnity from prosecution. Theft? — If billions disappear on arms deals, Oilgate, Travelgate, Zimbabwe & nobody even blinks what does that say? It says that if you steal this country blind then you are worth being carried aloft to prison, medical parole & all charges dropped. Like murder therefore theft is not a problem. Corruption? — Ha ha ha ha ha Rape? — Ha ha ha … yes, but seriously folks? Prostitution? — Well let’s see you screw an entire country and give the money to the pimps while the rest starve. Armed Robbery? — Impossible there isn’t anything left to steal. Kidnapping? — Not yet, we have a commission in Somalia learning how to do this & piracy. Crime Statistics? — huh? say what? Right now the Taliban & their zero tolerance on crime is highly appealing to me. At least their Mullahs don’t get carried shoulder high to prison, made a national hero after conviction for corruption & get the brains (in whom we can never trust) to try & sell the garbage the people of this country are asked to buy.

      Petr - 2012-04-25 08:27

      Unfortunately the Taliban do things for their own good/purpose and not for the people so that wouldn't really work. However it is funny that the tax payers are paying for all of these things and yet we don't get any answers and there is no accountability in the Government for anything.

  • Florence - 2012-04-25 04:23

    Police Top dogs are invetigated evrywhere, even our Minister! What's going on?

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-25 05:34

    Corruption in Jacob Zuma's administration is order of the day.A very controvesial person like Richard Mdluli is expected to b our Police commissioner.Its unbelievable.how long do we have to stand and look while the ruling party is looting state resources and abusing political power in this country.That is why it is important that the hawks should not report to SAPS but to an independent body.

  • flaktant - 2012-04-25 06:23

    is this reason 4 change onkey laws in constitution -another thats gone be covered up .@not be sorted out gov

      Squeegee - 2012-04-25 06:46

      Say what? Can anyone out there speak Idiot and translate this for the rest of us?

  • flaktant - 2012-04-25 06:23

    is this reason 4 change onkey laws in constitution -another thats gone be covered up .@not be sorted out gov

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-25 06:39

    his whole demeanor is that of ;i am yhat guy your mother warned you about; he looks very slippery, so all the russian mafia will be in SA soon because the will have another friend in power

  • Godfrey.chauke - 2012-04-25 07:02

    If a bad person is on top,s/he will make bad decisions which protects only egoes

  • Mark - 2012-04-25 08:00

    Always wondered how long it would be before political pressure got to her. Now I know.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-25 08:27

    Not so long ago you were all singing Madonsela's praises. Now you've turned your backs. There may be very compelling reasons why she cannot reveal the facts - maybe they can be revealed later, maybe it's not safe for her to reveal them. One thing that has emerged from this is that this is precisely what the secrecy bill is going to keep from us. Please be very socially responsible when you place your vote. If you vote the bad guys in, don't complain when things go pear-shaped!

  • Badger - 2012-04-25 08:39

    And so the "Shut Out" begins. Them lying son's of F*****g B!**hes whos mothers molested them before they could breath and anal penetration was forced upon them unknown few while their fathers were sodomising farm animals in the f****g fields where their sisters raped 3 legged goats. Am I showing my frustration ??????

  • alex.barnard - 2012-04-25 10:18

    The next time I get asked where I got the funds to spend on a security wall around my house, I will refer the matter to my auditor who will refer the matter to his spokes person.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-04-25 12:01

    Charges against Zooooma already dropped long time ago, why would the mdoooli findings be kept in the dark unless there are more sinister events we, the tax paying public and actual employers of these clowns, are not being told...dictatorship tendancies much?

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-25 12:25

    Mdluli has friends in high places and he is a brother. So he goes free. That's ANC policy isn't it?.

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