DA to request special Mdluli hearing

2012-05-02 20:40
Cape Town - The "debacle" around the appointment of Richard Mdluli as the head of police intelligence must be subjected to proper parliamentary scrutiny, DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said on Wednesday.

"Too many questions remained unanswered for this matter to not be thoroughly examined by Parliament," Kohler Barnard said.

"This debacle has significant implications both for the credibility of the police and for national security, given Mdluli’s high-ranking position in the intelligence services," she said.

"I will today be writing to the chairperson of the police portfolio committee, Sindy Chikunga, to request a special hearing on the Mdluli saga."

The South African public had, for the better part of a year, been faced with continuous revelations of how the alleged conduct of Mdluli had damaged a number of key state institutions, including the police, the Hawks, the office of the inspector general of intelligence and the National Prosecuting Authority, Kohler Barnard said.

"The alleged involvement of both Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and President Jacob Zuma is cause for particular concern."

She said she had received an answer to a parliamentary question revealing that the police force found itself in "the extraordinary situation" of having Mdluli in charge of approving any application for interception of communications.

If a member of the Hawks wanted to make an application for interception, they would have to go through crime intelligence and Mdluli.

"Richard Mdluli is, as a result, in an extremely powerful position - hardly a position the DA believes he should be in," Kohler Barnard said.
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