Mdluli's ‘pledge’ to Zuma

2012-05-06 17:30
Johannesburg - A month before fraud and corruption charges against crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli were dropped, he told President Jacob Zuma he would “assist the president to succeed next year” if he was reinstated in his job.

The apparent pledge is made in a strangely-phrased letter Mdluli sent to Zuma in November last year.

In it Mdluli claims that there is a conspiracy against him driven by senior police officers who want him out of the job.

“It is alleged [by the conspirators]” that I support the minister of police and the president of the country. In the event that I come back to work, I will assist the president to succeed next year,” Mdluli wrote.

On Saturday, City Press specifically asked Mdluli to explain whether he offered to assist Zuma in his campaign to be re-elected as ANC leader in December in the letter.

Mdluli, through spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo, chose not to respond or to distance himself from that interpretation.

ANC insiders and securocrats have been puzzled by Mdluli’s perceived closeness to Zuma, since he has no struggle record.

Sources in the police who have seen the letter agree that its clear purpose was to cosy up to Zuma.

“It gives you a clue why he is being protected,” said one.

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