Moodley happy it is all over

2014-04-29 00:00

A KWAZULU-NATAL police spy boss yesterday said allegations that he had arranged to bug the cellphones of former police commissioner Bheki Cele and journalists had besmirched his reputation.

Last week the Durban Labour Court ruled against the state after it had appealed against the court's February decision to reinstate crime intelligence boss Major-General Deena Moodley.

Yesterday, Moodley told The Witness the whole saga had affected and damaged his reputation. 'I'm not allowed to speak to the media so for official comment on the matter the police media unit will be the right people to call. I must state however that this whole thing had dented my reputation and dignity. It cast some aspersions on my name. Stories were cooked up, but they had no substance so they could not pin any wrong doing on me. I'm happy that this is over,' said Moodley.

The court instructed the SAPS to reinstate Moodley with immediate effect. He is expected to return to work today.

National police spokesperson General Solomon Makgale said on Friday his office was not ready to comment on the court ruling. Yesterday provincial commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the matter was dealt with at the national office.

The Witness reported in February 2012 that Moodley and his deputy, Brigadier Sithembiso Ndlovu, had been transferred amid controversial circumstances to Pinetown and Inanda respectively.

But the two challenged the transfers, saying proper procedure had not been followed.

At the time Moodley was served with a notice of intention to suspend him for alleged contravention of police discipline regulations. Allegations were that he had instructed officers in his unit to intercept cellphone calls of journalists in November 2010. It was also alleged that former police commissioner Bheki Celeï¾’s phone was also bugged.

Moodley claimed that his ouster was part of a モgreater schemeヤ by certain police bosses to get rid of the alleged モIndian mafiaヤ from crime intelligence.

In March the same year, Moodley was cluster commander in Pinetown and Ndlovu was Inanda station commander. Both retained their levels and salaries.

The matter had since been under review and in February the matter went back to court, where a ruling was made in favour of Moodley and Ndlovu, and Ngobeni ordered to pay the costs. The police appealed the ruling and on Wednesday the same court ruled that the application for leave to appeal the ruling that Moodley should be reinstated, did not have prospects for success.

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