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Zuma: No need for alarm over Mdluli

2012-05-17 10:47

Johannesburg - There was "no need for alarm" regarding former crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, President Jacob Zuma said in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

There was "concern" over recent negative publicity related to crime intelligence, despite the "sterling" work police continued to perform, he said at a business briefing.

Zuma did not mention Mdluli by name, but referred to "the matter affecting the police crime intelligence unit".

"Our country has enough instruments to ensure that there is no abuse of power or resources to further any objectives, especially by our intelligence and security services."

Inspector general of intelligence


Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had established a task team to look into the matter, and a report was expected within a month.

"In addition, the inspector general of intelligence has the legal mandate of oversight with regard to the financial management of crime intelligence."

The inspector general, Faith Radebe, was also empowered to look into any other matters that could be brought to light by the investigation, Zuma said.

Last week, the presidency said reports that Zuma interfered in Mdluli's investigation, and that he attended a party to celebrate Mdluli's acquittal, were "complete fabrications".

"We wish to urge the media to be cautious and stick to the facts when reporting such matters," it said.

Last Wednesday, Mthethwa announced Mdluli would be move from head of crime intelligence to another position within the police.

Freedom Under Law

Non-profit organisation Freedom Under Law applied for an urgent interdict on Tuesday preventing Mdluli from serving in the police. It also wanted to interdict Mthethwa from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review of his reinstatement.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to the alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members. He also faced a murder charge following the murder of a former lover's boyfriend, Oupa Ramogibe.

Both sets of charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence. The murder investigation became an inquest.

Comments
  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 10:53

    "Our country has enough instruments to ensure that there is no abuse of power or resources to further any objectives, especially by our intelligence and security services." WHY ARE YOU STILL IN POWER THEN? YOU ARE JUST A COWARD... AFRAID MDLULI WILL BRING YOU DOWN WITH HIM!!! LEADER MY *SS! DOWN WITH THE ANC!

      Peter - 2012-05-17 10:57

      Totally agree! Beat me to the punch with pretty much the same comment lol

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 11:00

      YEAH PETER :P I saw your comment ;) "And why do you continue to employ criminals?" ZUMA MUST RESIGN HIMSELF...

      David - 2012-05-17 11:33

      Ja, more like "our country has enough resources whoich are being stolen by corrupt politicians and cops". Cry, the banana republic..

      rbphiri - 2012-05-17 11:55

      Well MR President, I guess there is also no need for alarm on the surge in heinous crimes such as rape, farm killings, police brutality, corruption and other atrocities. Yes let's all plunge into the gene pool of polygamy and endless corruption cases and inevitably get a shower head to wash our sins away, huh MR "President"

      Bryan - 2012-05-17 12:12

      Zuma and his band of thieves are taking a communual dump on the tax paying lavatory..!!!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-17 12:59

      So true, corruption, fraud comes from the the head off the body. What is the leaders name now again?

      Dries - 2012-05-17 16:29

      Pres Zuma, do you have any idea of what is happening 9in this country? It seems no so. ABZ

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-18 08:23

      The president never ceases to amaze me . Why is there suddenly a task team to investigate the matter now. You should have done this before you appointed him and once again had to be threatened with legal action. The appointment was one of the most sensitive in the government and what did you do..... you stopped all the investigations into the murder charges, corruption, nepotism etc. What a great way to clean up someones CV ! Mr President, you stumble from one gaffe to another, and you want the respect of the nation? Get real ! BTW, you deserve the lambasting you get from cartoonists, the press, the artists etc. Have a nice day.

  • Peter - 2012-05-17 10:54

    "Our country has enough instruments to ensure that there is no abuse of power or resources to further any objectives, especially by our intelligence and security services." So why does it happen anyway MR Zuma? And why do you continue to employ criminals?

      rbphiri - 2012-05-17 11:57

      Parliament just needs prison warders and prison bars, they already have the criminals.

      Peter - 2012-05-17 12:15

      @RPhiri - Or they could just move the parliament building to one of the prisons letting out some of the 9000 criminals, far more convenient and us tax payers then don't need to pay more so they can hire more prison wardens lol... sigh its sad and funny at the same time because its true...

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-17 14:29

      Guys u see dis is d results of leading by a group of criminals.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 10:54

    Oh, hell when he says that we know we must really worry. Experience dictates that politicians always say exactly the opposite of what they think!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-17 12:02

      The word think is merely a mirage in the echoey, deserted government craniums.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-17 10:56

    reading from the 101 amnual again.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-17 12:03

      The woodwork manual tends to be misleading.

  • Joy - 2012-05-17 10:56

    Don't try to fool us Mr president, dis chess move of yours must end.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-17 12:05

      Trust me this game of chess will never end, if his not uttering his equivocations in public, his playing another game of chess, by finding new female pawns, which he can "check" and "mate".

      NrGx - 2012-05-17 12:57

      snakes and ladders is more up their ally

  • Gavin - 2012-05-17 10:57

    When last - or should I rather ask - has there ever been positive/good news about the Another National Crisis party ????? Does Zuma even have a f'ing clue about what's happening to SA ? You and your bum chums are going destroy all the hard work that's been done over the last 18 years. Seems to me that you only give a sh_t when your access to your access to the money is hindered. You are a disgrace to the human race !!!!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-17 11:05

      I agree with your comment, but bum chums? That's quite a derogatory term for gays... so me no like.

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-05-17 13:01

      Gavin, I just love the ANC=Another National Crisis!!Great and will use it in future myself. Lol

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-17 10:59

    I am fed up with you Zuma. You are not a president for the country but for your cronies who use you for their financial benefit @ our expense! In return you have to protect them or else they will expose your involvement or recall you as presindent! Please loot

      Peter - 2012-05-17 11:03

      Would give you 100 thumbs up if i could!

      mothminefield - 2012-05-17 12:52

      We should take a shortcut, and declare o'l Juliaas president straight away, so that he can give the country the final headshot, so that we can start rebuilding the country again. The sooner the better!!

  • Piet - 2012-05-17 11:01

    Sterling??? Is Showahead talking about the silverware they are stealing??? How the hell can we believe him....Birds of a feather......

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 11:03

      Sh&t on South Africa together!!

  • Ryno - 2012-05-17 11:08

    "There was "concern" over recent negative publicity related to crime intelligence, despite the "sterling" work police continued to perform, he said at a business briefing" Prez has to say this - this person saved his ass from going to jail!!!

  • Mark - 2012-05-17 11:10

    Yes Mr. Zuma, I am alarmed at your determination to hang onto the crook, Richard Mdluli. I am, however, even more alarmed that you have not been thrown out of power - and for the same reasons.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-17 11:11

    Zooma! He is a murderer, thief, fraudster and employed his whole family to protect him. We have every reason for alarm. The only reason that you say this is because you cannot do anything about him, because he has you by the ball hairs!!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-05-17 11:14

    No faith in this lot at all. They can say what they want, it's too late. The true colours of the ANC gang was revealed years ago. Yada Yada...cover up...help a buddy...yada yada yada...stall the arms deal investigation....yada yada yada...

  • Vernon - 2012-05-17 11:16

    zuma needs to tell us where to get that weed his smoking because first he says south africa is safe and now its 'no need for alarm'.the alarm bells have been ringing a lot lately.

  • Martin - 2012-05-17 11:17

    LOL Did it speak? omg

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-17 11:23

    no direspect mr president,please use your two brains please,this realy affect me and fellow south africans who love their country

  • The-third - 2012-05-17 11:24

    what a jackass.

  • kwanele.waterson1 - 2012-05-17 11:25

    U MUST RECALL IN A FIRST PLACE HOW DID MDLULI ARRIVED IN THE POSITION OF BEING A GENERAL ,POLITICAL INFLUENCE ,HENCE MDLULI KNEW WHAT EXACTLY TO DO WITH ABUSING THE POWER,AS LONG AS LEADERS ARE CHOSE BY POLITICS STRATEGIES SOUTH AFRICA WILL ALWAYS EXEPERIENCE SUCH DRAMA TILL THE END OF TIME,PITY ON THE SLOGAN (BETTER LIFE FOR ALL )THATS A WAY OF MANIPULATING US AS CITIZENS ,BECUASE IF YOU GO BACK ON HOW LONG ISSUES LIKE THIS BEEN HAPPENING,BILLIONS OF RANDS HAVE BEEN WASTED ,TAX PAYERS MONEY INTO THEIR POCKETS.LOT OF SOUTH AFRICANS ARE POOR ,HENCE THE FIRST FAMILIES ARE LIVING LARGE AT OUR OWN EXPENSE,BECAUSE WE ARE STUPID ENOUGH,TO BE FOOLED BY FALSE PROMISES FOR MORE THAN 10YRS ,MARK MY WORDS WHEN ITS TIME FOR ELECTIONS YOU WILL GET VISITORS FROM THE ORGANISATION CAMPAINING ,PROMISING LIES ON TOP OF LIES ,AND BECAUSE WE ARE STUPID ENOUGH ,WIL VOTE FOR THEM INSTEAD OF THE OPPOSITION.IN SHORT WHAT IS MDLULI DOING IT COUNTINUE TILL THE END OF TIME ,EVEN WHEN A NEW CANDIDATE COMES INN AS LONG HES FROM ORGANISATION.THEY WILL BE NO CHANGE. HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITS SELF.

      Jared - 2012-05-17 14:42

      WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT US?!

  • Carlos - 2012-05-17 11:33

    Most thinking people never trusted you Zuma. Keep on talking so more people can see the light...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-17 11:41

    R200Million rand down the tube and there is no need for alarm. R200Million rand could have put a note book computer on the desk of every matric student in the country, Or an entry level smart phone in the hands of every South African scholar, enabling them to access internet, and uploading information. A much more intelligent way to perform 'crime intelligence' is to allow our youth to become connected. This is another example of the ANC-Elitist leeching foundation.

      Peter - 2012-05-17 11:46

      Of bought the students of limpopo and other provinces that still have not recieved any learning material, or medicine for the hospitals in short supply. Its time South africans stand up and unite as one against the corruption!

  • lucky.evans1 - 2012-05-17 11:50

    Zuma you not representing me and your goverment, i will pray for the downfall of ANC - Desmond Tutu

  • Abraham - 2012-05-17 11:55

    MBOKOTO is watching everything. MBOKOTO is everywhere.

  • Lionel - 2012-05-17 12:14

    Unfortunately our current leaders are all gangsters, so I can't believe a thing this guy says - ROLL ON MANGAUNG!

      Vernon - 2012-05-17 12:46

      who will they get to replace ali zuma and his forty thieves?the barrel is getting empty and still cant find a decent apple among these rotters

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 12:19

    OH, now I feel much better. I actually think that Zuma's ratings would improve if he went on 12 month's sick leave...to the Antarctic mission

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-17 12:22

    I cannot comment further, Malema was right to compare the two pres, with Mbheki we never had too much public criticisms,I use to support him, seeing him as a victim of factionalism, ooh unaware that he is the master of factionalism.ooh..! cry blood my africa. Mdluli why?, is someone owing him? why Selebi with all mbheki's support was subjected to Scorpions, let the same sword used to step others be utilised.

  • John - 2012-05-17 12:24

    get rid of this fool !!!!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-17 12:29

    We'll believe that AFTER (and more importantly IF) a court of law clears him, following a trial, providing that the prosecutors and police do their job. and while wer'e on the subject, when are you planning to have your day in court Mr Prez??

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 12:36

    My goodness politics is a dirty business, but then pretty much everyone knows that. What I didn't realise is that in order to be admitted to the in-crowd and successfull you had to make yourself so dirty that when the lights are turned off and you close your eyes you become invisible.

  • George - 2012-05-17 12:39

    Alarmed! Yes we have to be alarmed. This guy has a cloud hanging over his head and he still keeps his job while an investigation is underway. Selebi and Cele were sunspended but not him. JayZee what the hell is that? I am alarmed!

  • mashabatg - 2012-05-17 12:43

    mangaung is around de corner, when you came back from free-state malema will be celebrating sure.

  • Jared - 2012-05-17 13:12

    To be frank, I do not think Zuma is a bad president at all. Prior to him coming to power I was expecting MUCH worse. However, I must say this, Mr President, regardless of any involvement you may or may not have had in this instance... it almost looks like you wanted people to go: "oh, okay then, I feel completely reassured, I guess I'll forget about it then" ... Those same checks and balances, coupled with media pressure, will eventually reveal what exactly it is that happened; that is unless our "checks and balances" are more of an idealistic dream than a reality...

  • Tony - 2012-05-17 13:24

    We cannot wish our elected President away and neither can we remove him - however, we can only pray and ask God that provides with the wisdom,insight and numbers to have him removed and replaced with a more responsible and intelligent ANC Member at the Manguang Conference. Our beloved President has betrayed the nation with his persistent appointment of people/persons with dodgy characters. Why have you placed us in a position where we find ourselves in constant agreement with the DA supporters albeit against our well ? Why have you placed us in a position where we no longer recognize the Party that has liberated us ? Why have you placed us in a position where we feel that as Africans we are incapable of Governing the nation in a way that will free us from the chains of poverty which pins us down ? Why are you doing all these things to us when God has gifted us with such wonderful people, black and white. I feel the tears of my beloved country with no good doctor, in sight, to heal us.

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-17 14:00

      Tony my leader i agree wth u. ur comment really make sense.

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-17 14:00

      Tony my leader i agree wth u. ur comment really make sense.

  • Mlu - 2012-05-17 13:45

    Now it's time for the movement to start reading between the line. Dog eats dog.

  • Herman - 2012-05-17 13:48

    Yet another cover-up!

      John - 2012-05-17 16:52

      "Our country has enough instruments to ensure that there is no abuse of power or resources to further any objectives, especially by our intelligence and security services." So, Mr President, why are you trying to load our courts with your favoured judges, to place ANC comrades in charge of independent "instruments" (like the NPA)? Because you know that if they are independent you and your cronies will fall!!! Be afraid, Mr President. Be VERY afraid. We, the people, are not stupid. We see you... the emperor with no clothes. Like Pink Floyd, the Wall... "Hey! Zuma, leave us folk alone :)

  • Tony - 2012-05-17 13:52

    No need for alarm, after all this is normal...... As for that abuse of power bull, let's see... travel gate saga ? The arms fu..er mistake? The protection of state corruption bill? This guys a doo... er a clown.

  • Fanie - 2012-05-17 14:48

    Is anyone guilty of defeating the ends of justice if they stop or interfere with an investigation into Mdluli. If a person stops or interferes with a policeman who does his job then I think that is exactly that

  • sibabalwes - 2012-05-17 15:17

    mxim

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-17 15:50

    This criminal needs to go Mr President.There are many people who can do the job much better.

  • Itse - 2012-05-17 16:00

    Like Zuma isn't already abusing the state.Mdluli knows something huge,it sounds like a case of if I go down I'm taking you all along with me.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-05-17 16:07

    No wonder a coruptous-rapist,polygamist uneducated leader says so...

  • Dries - 2012-05-17 16:27

    Pres Zuma, do you have any idsa of what is going on in SA? ABZ

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 17:07

    'Sterling' work the Police are doing ? Hello Mr President... 'Is anybody home' - try reading the newspapers 'crime cloumns' and then make that statement again...How often do you visit this planet?... I don't know if yet reported but I a short few minutes ago I am sure I heard a news report of a 92 year old woman who was raped and strangled to death...

  • Deon - 2012-05-17 17:18

    Maybe Mdluli has a sister and Zuma is working his way to the shower again.

  • Jerry - 2012-05-17 17:19

    True patriots have spoken. This ANC is alien and it does not represent me or anyone in South Africa. These guys need to be kicked out.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-18 05:20

    I am not surprised that Jacob Zuma is protecting Richard Mdluli.He was saved by this man.(tapes) without Mdluli he would not b our president today.so its payback time.This is how things are done in Africa

  • Obakeng - 2012-05-18 06:51

    Our president is basically telling us to 'stop worrying and get on with the program. My friends are going to freely loot the country, misuse your tax money, continue being incompetent and I'm not going 2 expel or make sure they pay for their sins.' Can't we have a new president? A drug addict, a dronkie or a mad man straight from sterkfontein...anything would do, as long as it's not zuma.

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-05-18 07:13

    JZ's delay in dealing with Mdluli guy compromises SA. The majority if not the whole nation is crying out loud- deaf ears dnt hear alarm bells.

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-05-18 07:13

    JZ's delay in dealing with Mdluli guy compromises SA. The majority if not the whole nation is crying out loud- deaf ears dnt hear alarm bells.

  • mart.botha - 2012-05-18 08:07

    What a twat!

  • Michael - 2012-05-18 09:18

    You can tell when Zuma is lying, because his lips move.

  • billidp - 2012-05-18 09:24

    "Our country has enough instruments to ensure that there is no abuse of power or resources to further any objectives, especially by our intelligence and security services." JACOB YOU ARE A JOKE! These are exactly the people we need to be scared of. WHy don't you rather keep quiet, because your platitudes fool nobody! Anybody with an iota of sense never believes a word you are saying anyhow - you have proven yourself to be an ineffectual leader and a liar too many times!