Police mum as net closes on top cop

2011-03-31 06:58

Police spokespeople remained tight-lipped today amid rumours that crime intelligence boss Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli has been arrested for murder.

“Police are working. Let’s allow the police to work. Any comment I can give you on this may compromise the work of the police,” said Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha, spokeswoman for national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

The National Prosecuting Authority also declined to comment.

Several police sources informed the media yesterday night that a warrant of arrest had been issued for Mdluli.

The Mail & Guardian reported last week that the Hawks were probing Mdluli and Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa over allegations that they interfered with the Hawks’ investigation into Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir.

But newspaper reports this morning suggested that Mdluli was being investigated for the death of an ex-lover’s husband who was shot dead in February 1999.

The slain husband, Oupa Ramogibe, apparently received death threats after marrying Mdluli’s ex-lover. He was allegedly told to leave her or he would be killed.

At the time, Mdluli was station commander at Vosloorus police station, east of Johannesburg, reported Beeld.

The Afrikaans daily said that 14 family members close to the murder case were put into a witness protection programme last week.

Both Beeld and The Star reported that Mdluli was supposed to have handed himself over to police on Tuesday, but failed to do so. An accomplice, however, allegedly did hand himself over.

City Press reported earlier in March that tensions between national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and Mdluli were “sky high” after two police “spies” raided the public protector’s office.

Cele was reported to be livid when he found out about the “unannounced visit” to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Pretoria office.

Police management suspended the two counter-intelligence officers.

“An inside source told City Press that tension between Cele and Mdluli had been simmering for a while, with Mdluli being seen by Cele and his supporters as the last senior official left in the police from the Jackie Selebi era,” the newspaper reported.

Mdluli was promoted from deputy head of Gauteng police to head of national crime intelligence on July 1 2009 by acting police chief Tim Williams. 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.