‘Dangerous cabal controls the police’

2014-09-23 00:00

INVESTIGATOR Paul O’Sullivan wants to know who is behind the decision in the police top brass to review disciplinary findings which exonerate Booysen.

O’Sullivan, a veteran investigator credited with the downfall of former Police Commissioner and Interpol head Jacki Selebi, was scathing in his comments on the latest attempt to keep Booysen out of office.

“The conduct of the State Attorney’s office appears, on the face of it to be wholly unlawful. There can be no merit in having a seasoned police officer sitting at home twiddling his thumbs, whilst crime is running out of control,” he said.

He called for the State Attorney to name the person that gave them their instructions, without having properly reviewed the “very potent” findings of Nazeer Cassim SC. “There can be no possible grounds for reviewing Cassim’s findings. They are just denying justice, which is unconstitutional,” he said.

“We also need a detailed explanation from the state as to why it is that a colonel in the police, against whom prima facie evidence of corruption was obtained, is at his desk and able to continue committing crime, when the man that fingered him is languishing at home on what appear to be trumped up charges,” he said.

He added that suspended Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli also had burning questions to answer.

“Richard Mdluli certainly needs to explain his conduct in this matter … his role here needs to be properly scrutinised.”

He said the police had become controlled by “a dangerous and potent third force, which seeks to undermine the rule of law and place dirty cops in positions of power, whilst neutralising those that might stop the rot.

“In my opinion, until this ‘third force’ is behind bars, there is little or no chance of anyone fixing the escalating crime in South Africa,” he added.

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