Mdluli: No evidence of conspiracy

2012-07-05 11:39

Suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli has suffered a setback after a ministerial task team found there was “no evidence” of a conspiracy against him.

The task team, headed by state law adviser Enver Daniels, was appointed by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate allegations Mdluli had made about a conspiracy against him.

These allegations were contained in a letter Mdluli wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Mthethwa last year, in which he accused former police commissioner Bheki Cele, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros and operational services head Godfrey Lebeya of conspiring to remove him from office.

“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.

But in a press statement issued today, Mthethwa announced that the commission found “no evidence suggesting that the above-mentioned senior police officials were involved in any kind of conspiracy against Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli”.

The commission found that the officers had acted “professionally, in good faith and with due care and regard for the sensitivity of the (Mdluli) matter”.

It also found that the source “which gave Lieutenant General Mdluli such information could not corroborate its information”.

Mdluli was suspended by then acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on May 25.

Rights group Freedom Under Law has also obtained an interdict from the North Gauteng High Court barring Mdluli from performing any functions as a police officer.

Mdluli’s urgent Labour Court challenge of his suspension has been suspended, pending the outcome of Freedom Under Law’s review case.

The organisation is asking the court to set aside decisions to withdraw criminal charges against Mdluli related to his alleged abuse of the police intelligence “slush fund” and the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramokgibe.

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