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Top cops told to halt Mdluli probe

2012-05-17 08:30

Johannesburg - An instruction to halt the investigation into former crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli came from police bosses, according to newspaper reports on Thursday.

The order to stop investigating Mdluli was given by Hawks boss Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat on February 13, according to a report by Hawks detective Colonel Kobus Roelofse which was filed in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, and quoted in City Press and The Star.

Roelofse says acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi gave Dramat the instruction.

The report, which was originally addressed to the commander of the anti-corruption task team, was part of an interdict application by rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL).

FUL, represented by former World Bank director Dr Mamphela Ramphele, is asking the court to interdict Mdluli from performing any policing duties. It also wants the decision to withdraw murder and fraud charges against him to be reviewed.

Interference


In the report Roelofse says the level of interference in the investigation had reached a level where it was necessary to instigate a legal process.

He says the report could “be converted into an affidavit as the contents herein are true and correct”.

According to Roelofse, Major General Solly Lazarus, finance head of the police’s crime intelligence division, also attempted to “influence” ANC MP Cecil Burgess into dismissing the Hawks' Mdluli investigation. Burgess is chairperson of Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence.

Lazarus further tried to conceal evidence that he allegedly abused the crime intelligence slush fund, Roelofse states.

Comments
  • Besil - 2012-05-17 08:35

    this is all political!! leave that man alone

      Diana - 2012-05-17 08:48

      Yea it s better to leave him alone in a prison cell.

      Muisie - 2012-05-17 08:50

      This is why the Political FatCats want the Info Bill at all cost...so we cannot say anything about their fat fingers in the Slush Fund...

      Bobby - 2012-05-17 08:57

      Yeah, he is a Sweety, actually.

      tinush - 2012-05-17 08:58

      I am a GOD between you mortals - Mdluli We will see about that - Rest of SA

      Erna - 2012-05-17 09:00

      @Besil That's why its even more scary.

      Rob - 2012-05-17 17:16

      Hey BESIL (or can't you spell your name and that should be Basil?)The Hospital just phoned to say that your 'brain' is ready for collection!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-17 08:36

    Fee fie fo fum, I smell a rat...

      Dennis - 2012-05-17 08:55

      This smells worse than a dead rat it reeks of "ANC protection at all costs cause he knows too much" !!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-17 08:37

    Is there no end to the corrupt lengths the ANCorruption will go to in order to protect the buddy-buddy system that is undermining the fundamental decency and morals of South Africa. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      Peter - 2012-05-17 09:17

      It stuns me that people are so blind an unable to see that they keep voting the same criminals in every single time. It just takes common sense but i guess my standards are just too high for the average SA Citizen. Sad but true

      Terry - 2012-05-17 09:35

      Nope Don - sadly there is no end to their corruption. They are all in it together - a steaming cesspit of turds who are holding this country to ransom, and a largely illeterate and uneducated electorate who are too stupid to see through them. Eventually, they will be found out when there is nothing left to steal, but by then I am afraid, it will be too late.

      paulgerber969 - 2012-05-17 12:46

      Zimbabwe in the making???

  • Peter - 2012-05-17 08:37

    Was just a matter of time before the truth came out. Why are all our police commissioners criminals? Oh wait silly question they're appointed by the ANC

  • Nadine - 2012-05-17 08:38

    Welcome to Zimbabwe- we hope you enjoyed your flight. Corruption and bribery at its best. Well done ANC.

  • Kala - 2012-05-17 08:40

    Are there any other governments in the world where there is such OPEN corruption, fraud, theft and nepotism. And all that happens is a series of windmill like actions as the fingers start pointing in all directions. Mduli, his employed family and other associates should be arrested and put in jail.

      Ta.Lepzen - 2012-05-17 08:52

      Kala you must forget about that, as long as the current leadership is still in power he'll continue to walk around our street

      Kala - 2012-05-17 09:02

      Ta.Lepzen - You are probably right. But I sense the general mood of South Africans is that it is time for this bulls#$@ to stop. We are starting to see signs of SAs people getting together to voice there concerns over government decisions. E tolling is a prime example

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 09:06

      @ KALA! THE ANC HAS TO BE TOP AT SOMETHING!~

      Gert - 2012-05-17 09:37

      The world out there is already seeing us like a second Zimbabwe-Get your little money out whilst it is still worth a little bit. We are supposed to be part of the UN applying sanctions against the terrorist states like Syria and Iran but then the anc is caught out trading with them. (corrupt to the bone) They make donations to Cuba (R350MIL ) for what--for payment to Iran of course. Cuba is the middle man. To stop this rot now and the stuffing of pockets on all levels is a lost case. You won't get the police arresting their buddies easily and the Hawks are caged by them. SA is a state out of control.

      John - 2012-05-17 10:20

      tsotsi, they are top of a lot of things eg: having the most corrupt members,theivery,and i could sit here for the rest of day making this list

      Ta.Lepzen - 2012-05-18 08:58

      @ Kala it doesn't help if we'll spend time debating the issue on news24 platform. It's about time we stand up

  • Ben - 2012-05-17 08:42

    As Dr Mampele says - just let the law follow its course! The same warning from COSATU's Vavi - do not allow this to the country's police services!

      Kala - 2012-05-17 08:45

      To late BenR. I think our police service is already rotten to the core. Sure there are still fantastic police men and women out there, but from what we read everyday, they are in the minority.

      Gary - 2012-05-17 09:28

      But the Problem is the law never seems to be able to run to it's RIGHTFUL conclusion, with postponements, never ending appeals, political interference etc etc Look whats happened to the Magoos Bomber......

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 08:43

    Does he know too much? It seems there is nothing the government won't do to protect this man. He is as corrupt as get out, and they feverishly cover up and clean up after him. It stinks.

  • Frans - 2012-05-17 08:46

    If the ANCrook was a house and corruption were termites!!! This house is rot from roof to foundation and it's about to come tumbling down.

  • John - 2012-05-17 08:46

    Protection, protection, protection. They all have so much on each other that no-one can do their job without fear of the repercussions of stepping on a few toes.

  • Ben Nel - 2012-05-17 08:49

    You dirty rat you!

  • Diana - 2012-05-17 08:49

    ANC must be put out of power its the only way to stop corruption and power abuse.

  • Loo - 2012-05-17 08:50

    Dejavu ... Wasn't a certain (now president) person's investigation and prosecution halted too .... mmmmm ... Old habits

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-17 08:55

    I checked my dictionary and looked for "UNTOUCHABLE" and the definition was RICHARD MDLULI.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-17 08:56

    Hell on earth. Selfish mf

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-17 08:58

    Vote ANC !! It's a catch 22. Damed if you don't and Damed of you don't. Lol

  • sabongam - 2012-05-17 08:59

    Somehow the truth always manages to come out and be revealed(always)...One way or another...Patience is a virtue...All in due course...People are gatvol and that's understandable but let's not be too hasty without getting the facts...Level headedness is required in order for ALL of those that are guilty of any wrongdoing (corruption)to be dealt with accordingly...Let's pray that the law will take it's proper course without any hinderance,political or otherwise.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-17 09:02

    Mr president why are you quet about this issue. Its tme you step in as a leader of the country.

      stampalex - 2012-05-17 09:12

      We've got a President? Really? I mean one who acts like, looks like, has the leadership skills of, has the well-being of his country at heart, is honest and decent - y'know, like a real President?.... I don't thiiiiinnk so

      Gary - 2012-05-17 09:34

      Leader?? That would be a joke if it was funny!! He is too busy trying to dodge his own bullets!!!

      Loo - 2012-05-17 10:03

      @daniel .. he himself got off that way ,, why would he interfere with something he benefitted from ??

      Maredi - 2012-05-17 10:24

      Which President are you referring to Daniel? South Africa does not have one.

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-17 11:24

      I agree with your sentiments Daniel - but perhaps its time for showerhead to step "out".

  • Claudio - 2012-05-17 09:04

    This dose of daily depression is unrelenting. News stories today include cops that are involved in hijacking. So we have a situation where previous heads of the police force are in jail or about to go to jail, the head of crime intelligence unit is being investigated for murder and corruption. Beginning to get the idea that to qualify for a job in our government your CV must include murder, corruption, dishonesty, lying and cheating in order for you to get a shot at the job. Its amazing - but there are still brainless halfwits out there who still support this government

  • Ryno - 2012-05-17 09:11

    I bet you Kobus Roelofse is now a marked man...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-17 09:16

    And we are supposed to put trust in the HAWKS, they are not trustworthy and must remain under the control of the Police, we are simply allowing the State to appoint a special task force of criminals who are effectively above the law.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-17 09:18

    How poweerful is this guy. some investigation can take years, but this MDluli is very holy. Anyway he knows everyone's dark acts, if they don't stop investigtions, they will be in trouble.

  • Herman - 2012-05-17 09:19

    This could go right up to zuma, the crime boss of SA

      Andrew - 2012-05-17 09:52

      It surely does go up to Zuma the doyen of corruption!!!!

  • Louis - 2012-05-17 09:27

    I just wish people would stop asking/expecting the president to do anything about these issues. He's way too busy with all his wives to worry about the country.

  • rory.eliot - 2012-05-17 09:27

    This is a ridiculous situation! It's so obvious that the government keeps hiring corrupt officials to head our police service to protect them from their own crimes... This is not a racial issue, but rather a moral one and the public need to acknowledge these blatantly obvious actions of the ruling party and make a stand when it comes to voting time... Unless you are happy being robbed by your own government of course... In which has ignore what I'm saying.

  • Marthinus - 2012-05-17 09:29

    Jacob has been quiet-wonder how the spin doctors will get him out of this?Corrupt idiot.Atleast he knows that being a friend of Zuma if he goes to jail he just has to sneeze and he will be declared terminally ill and he can spend the rest of his days on the golf course!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-17 09:38

    That is why I do not trust hawks.This unit should not be under SAPS.We are now a banana republic where people are not equal before the law

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 09:45

      the world going this direction ito governance standards and SA going the other direction - Trevor Noah is right.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 09:49

    I'm glad that FUL is trying to aleviate the possibility of being fooled by government in this matter. SA is a democratic country and will be governed as such, not by dictatorship and selfish principles. Power to the People.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-17 09:49

    They should all be jailed for obstructing the course of justice but as we know they are ANC and therefore royal game!!!! Sick is it not?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 10:43

      @Leonard, lets be frank dude. Mdluli matter is being manipulated by politicians and surely not from DA, COPE, ACDP, IFP, NFP or FF+.

  • Philani - 2012-05-17 10:25

    @Peter It stuns me too that stupid people like u still think that voters are voting for the ANC because they like corrupt members of the party. Well they are not u garbage, they are voting for the party with clear constitution and policies,and there is no other party like anc in the world do your research.It is not the party that is corrupt it's the people on position. If you want to destroy them join the party, then will be able recall all the corrupt individuals and send them to where they belong. remember corruption was not born by anc in sa even the parties who were in power before had their own stunts. Rest assured DA is as good as opposition party they will never rule in sa, in fact Zille will be working for anc by 2017 and we need members like her inside party to bring down all the corrupt ones,ask mr Leon.stop saying stuping things like a divorcee about voters do something for your country and future of your children.

      Maredi - 2012-05-17 10:35

      Dream on Philani! The ANC is beyond help, it is rotten to the core and will simply die a natural death. swearing at people is also a reflection on your lack of intellect. Wake and smell the corruption boet, it has become a way of life for the ANC!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:02

      @Philani, I commend you on making it clear to the people that we do not vote ANC because we like or support corruption, we condemn it unconditionally with all our might. We are voting ANC because its policies and the vision of the party is sane and of best interest of the masses of this country. Further, haters fail to make a distinction between party and individuals’ conduct within a party. ANC is an organization that can never cease to look for the interest of the masses and will always play a pivotal and fundamental role in reversing inequalities caused by the ills of the previous system. It has done a lot for SA masses and it is continuing to much to change the current state of affairs for better. DA can shove its promises up their backside, I'm not interested in opportunistic and fake politics. DA can never have the interest of the masses at heart as it is showing that by the representation in its current leadership. Now they think we are stupid, they are fronting by Maimane and Mazibuko while they know that the entire leadership behind the scenes is white and male dominated. They are using the same stupid tactic used by white people in business, front with a black CEO to get business, but give him no power. DA cannot fool us, it can fool the narrow minded. We will resolutely fight the problems occurring within ANC as proud members and we shall win the fight against corrupt and incompetent individuals in the party.

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:24

      Then continue to vote in the criminals, because lets face it, wheres the proof that they arent criminals? Why hasnt a big noise been made about the DA if they are as corrupt as you make them sound?You vote for the principles that the ANC follows, thats fine theres nothing wrong with that but you are completely blind to think that at the same time you are not voting in criminals, face the facts they are pretty obvious if your read the news

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:28

      Also abusing people by calling them names like stupid or garbage, doesnt make you a better person, just an FYI. I also dont get how you can make the assumption that zille will be in the ANC in the next 5 years, thats like me saying that you are going to wake up tomorrow and realize that your wonderful ANC is actually blind siding you, because we know you wont accept the truth

      Louis - 2012-05-17 12:51

      You can have any policies in the world, but if you are incapable of executing them, they are worthless, therefore the ANC's policies are worthless and the ANC is useless to this country. Philani, your comments and lack of respect that you show to others clearly indicate why the ANC is such a mess - you cannot expect people to vote for the ANC if this is the way you will attempt to convince them that the ANC is not what we feel it is. You are in fact the one who looks stupid because most of us reading your comments pity you for your lack of knowledge and insight regarding this topic.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-17 11:00

    The cause of this situation is the ANC. The root cause is the presence of political parties. This country will only be managed properly when all political parties are scrapped. We are too highly politicized as a nation. We do not need (local) politics in : Education, Sport, Science & Technology, Water Affairs, Energy, Arts & Culture, Agriculture, Finance, Social Services, Home Affairs, SAPS, Trade & Industry...just about nowhere. We cannot grow as a united Nation, as long as we have these self serving, divisive Political Parties. They are the biggest single stumbling block on our road to Freedom and Democracy.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 11:03

    @Philani, I commend you on making it clear to the people that we do not vote ANC because we like or support corruption, we condemn it unconditionally with all our might. We are voting ANC because its policies and the vision of the party is sane and of best interest of the masses of this country. Further, haters fail to make a distinction between party and individuals’ conduct within a party. ANC is an organization that can never cease to look for the interest of the masses and will always play a pivotal and fundamental role in reversing inequalities caused by the ills of the previous system. It has done a lot for SA masses and it is continuing to much to change the current state of affairs for better. DA can shove its promises up their backside, I'm not interested in opportunistic and fake politics. DA can never have the interest of the masses at heart as it is showing that by the representation in its current leadership. Now they think we are stupid, they are fronting by Maimane and Mazibuko while they know that the entire leadership behind the scenes is white and male dominated. They are using the same stupid tactic used by white people in business, front with a black CEO to get business, but give him no power. DA cannot fool us, it can fool the narrow minded. We will resolutely fight the problems occurring within ANC as proud members and we shall win the fight against corrupt and incompetent individuals in the party.

      Claudio - 2012-05-17 11:54

      Oh and a further comment. I refer to your last statement - ' we will resolutely fight the problems occurring within the ANC '- You have had 18 years to make it right and right now its worse than it has ever been. The current leaders, given a chance, would prevent you from fighting corruption, if they could by implementing the proposed media secrecy bill. This would then be the first step. Wipe the sand out of your eyes, the principals for which the ANC first stood for are great - no issues with that!! Their inability to find credible and honest leaders out of 40 million black people is a shocking indictment and testament to their failure

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:31

      @siyadyosiba - I would like to see some evidence of your statements about the DA, then i will be happy to accept your comment as truth. But until then I can replace every place where you said DA and white with the words ANC and black and it would be 100% truth

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 12:53

      @Claudio, I do not think choosing another political party is going to solve the problems in our country. It’s not the party that is corrupt but individuals within the party. What is important, for me, is to look for loopholes within our system which allows for corruption to be easily committed. It is a fact that the corruption pandemic has been there for some years and its actually getting worse, I however have to mention to you that problems within the ANC are not alien, ANC had very serious problems even before the liberation. Loyal and principled members stood and risked their own lives to combat all the diseases within the party. I must also acknowledge that the Secrecy Bill at its initial draft form was indeed threatening democracy but I’m glad we managed to fight to defend freedom and democracy not be compromised. I would like to further point out to you that the current state of affairs in how the media is operating is also threatening democracy and rights enshrined in the constitution of the citizens. The media is currently wrongly used to destroy people who are in key positions. People secretly leak personal info, sometimes untruthful, about these individuals to media to create a stir and denting the image of that person in the process. That’s wrong. Media indeed has to be tightly regulated but yes not in a way that undermines democracy. I respect your views about this but I maintain that we will fight this pandemic till the bitter end, remaining members of ANC.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-17 13:14

      @Peter, you know for sure that DA leadership is white and male dominated. DA didn’t choose Maimane as a spokesperson and Mazibuko as their MP by mistake, its a strategic move to attempt to clear the notion that DA is white. You know that whites are cheating the BEE policy by fronting in the tender bids with black people while at the end the majorly benefiting are white people. Lastly, the march DA organized to oppose COSATU stand position on youth subsidy was an opportunistic act to play with emotions of the youth. DA pretends to be caring about them and attempts to steal them from COSATU and ANC. DA should have engaged COSATU professionally and discuss their differences in the subject but they knew that a professional sincere engagement was not going to earn them enough proceeds (votes from the black communities). That is why I don't believe in their claim that they care for the masses. They are just hypocrites, in my view.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-17 14:28

      siyadyosiba: It seems some people will never see further than black and white. Open your eyes. The ANC is toxic to South Africa.

      Claudio - 2012-05-17 17:56

      Siyadyosiba, while I respect your views, I fail to see how you can make the distinction between the party and the people whos run it. You say and I quote 'It’s not the party that is corrupt but individuals within the party' How do you plan to gid rid of the bad elements when they seek to entrench themselves even further. In a democracy you vote them out - simple. Form another party with honest members. A vote for the ANC is an endorsement of the current policies - you do not have to be a rocket scientist. BEE - in principal might be a good idea but it is open to abuse and corruption by both sides. Khulumbusa and Edward Zuma are perfect examples. Unfortunately the actions of the ANC are perpetuating all the black racial stereotypes that white racists harbour. By castigating the DA as an only white party and therefore irrelevant is both undemocratic and racially provocative

  • Moroamadile - 2012-05-17 12:31

    If these scoundrels in government think we will beg down, they have another thing coming!!! As for the hawks, I wonder if they will survive all this.

  • Khomotso - 2012-05-17 17:09

    Mdhuli is protected by zumanthashe.

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