Sexwale lashes out over Mdluli

2012-06-04 08:10

Johannesburg - Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has lashed out at government over the way it handled the suspension of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, it was reported on Monday.

The Times reported that Sexwale, who was speaking at the Rhema Bible Church in Mthatha, Eastern Cape on Sunday, said the Mdluli saga had resulted in a loss in the public's confidence in the justice system.

"There is concern about the evidence of political interference and partiality [to benefit] Mdluli," he said.

"We put people in authority and we get terrified of them. You fear an MEC, a mayor, a minister. You fear premiers, you fear the president... South Africa cannot be reduced to a country of fear where we fear to speak."

Mdluli was suspended for the third time on Sunday when the Johannesburg Labour Court ruled that a court order setting aside Mdluli's suspension last Friday be rescinded.

Sexwale praised police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi for pursuing Mdluli's suspension.

"Major people are quiet, but this cop says: 'If there's a corrupt cop and his friends are stealing your money.. then we should jail this cop'. Praise the Lord for Mkhwanazi," he said.

- SAPA
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