Former spy boss slams Mdluli over plot report

2011-04-16 19:00

Your successor Richard Mdluli alleges that the murder charges against him emanate from a conspiracy by people – loyal to you and aligned with former president Thabo Mbeki – who did not want him to get the job.
Mulangi Mphego: He is facing serious charges ranging from murder to kidnapping. I have no idea of the conspiracy he refers to and how it relates to the serious charges he faces.

I have never been charged with murder and would not know the extent to which the prospect of a conviction would motivate people to depart from the truth.

I am gravely concerned about the mention of my name in relation to a matter I have no involvement in, and I have brought my concerns to the attention of the relevant ­authorities.

Mdluli singles out commissioners Tim Williams and Africa Khumalo as the people who did not want him to become head of intelligence because he did not have the political background that you shared with both of them...

I make no apology for my political background.

I did not have any special relationship with any of the panel members, and simply cannot understand how anybody would conclude that people, who were not participating in the selection process, could have influenced the outcome in anyway.

Commissioners Williams and Khumalo were not involved in the appointment process and could not have influenced decisions that were being taken elsewhere.

In the document, Mdluli accuses you and your former colleagues of being partisan to former president Mbeki during the 2007 ANC conference.
Is this true?
Those rumours were originally conjured up by opportunistic elements within the police, who wanted to ingratiate themselves by casting aspersions on the role of crime intelligence in Polokwane.

Crime intelligence is required to play a supporting role to all operational units of the police and was deployed in Polokwane for that purpose.

It is exceedingly ignorant for anyone to suggest that crime intelligence has no role to play where the safety of the Cabinet is involved.

By the way, Mdluli was a detective in Gauteng at the time and was never deployed to do any policing function in Polokwane.

Mdluli also mentions a “Mphego issue” that has been dealt with; what is this all about? Could it be possible that Mdluli is making up everything, requesting the ­president to intervene in order to escape prosecution?
I do not know, but it is extremely unusual and disreputable for a head of an intelligence organisation anywhere in the world to lay bare in the public domain communications he might have had with the head of state.

It is as much a cardinal sin as it would be to disclose the identity of intelligence sources. It is not done.

Questions are also raised about the intercepts of Sheryl Cwele (wife of state security minister Siyabonga Cwele). Does this not question the credibility of the method ­police used to investigate the case?

I cannot comment on specific operations, save to say communication interception is an investigation tool which is permissible in our law.

It is an offence in terms of our laws to deal in illicit drugs and narcotics and normal people would encourage any law­enforcement efforts that deal with the scourge of illegal narcotics.

Luckily, our constitutional dispensation ­regards everyone as equal before the law.

During 2008/9, you were embroiled in a bitter public confrontation with Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa after you were overlooked for appointment in favour of ­Richard Mdluli. What was the basis of your complaint?
Firstly, there was no one on that panel who had policing or intelligence training, so the outcome could not have been reflective of any competence in those skills.

Secondly, I complained because the entire process adopted was different from processes laid down in policy and which had been applied during the selection process of all other divisional commissioners in the police.

The process was evidently not legal.

I complained about this even before I was interviewed.

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