Damning new Mdluli accusations

2014-09-22 00:00

FOR the first time, controversial crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been named in allegations that he played a key role in undercutting the case against Thoshan Panday.

Mdluli faces a host of charges, including of corruption and fraud while acting in his capacity as national head of the crime intelligence unit.

He is accused of employing family members and friends as intelligence operatives, and misusing police funding to buy luxury cars.

The fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn on Decembe 14, 2011, and in March 2012, Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.

Other charges against Mdluli were reinstated earlier this year after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a high court ruling against the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges against him.

This was after Freedom Under Law sought an order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to set aside the decisions and reinstate the charges against him.

Now, as he waits for his day in court, evidence has been heard that he interfered in the corruption investigation against Panday.

Disciplinary chairperson Advocate Nazeer Cassim examined the evidence of Colonel Vassen Soobramoney, who had been tasked with the procurement probe. “Soobramoney gave detailed evidence as to a prima facie case of corruption involving Navin Madhoe and Panday. Soobramoney’s investigation was at an advanced stage when he was unexpectedly visited by two senior officers from Gauteng, namely Richard Mdluli and one Lawrence,” Cassim wrote.

“These two officers informed him that his life was in danger and that he should immediately relocate to Gauteng, and since then has been isolated from ­active duty and, in a nutshell, rendered ineffective. This was three years ago.

“He explained to me how his life has since then been a living hell because he is not being allocated any work, which has resulted in him being in a state of depression,” the advocate said.

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