Rights body: Mdluli questions remain

2012-06-13 00:00

The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) welcomed Bheki Cele’s dismissal as police chief. A national commissioner must be able to effect his or her duty with integrity and credibility, said advocate Johan Kruger for the CFCR. When either one of these qualities were questioned, it would reflect on the perception of the SA Police Service as a whole,

Kruger expressed concern at President Jacob Zuma’s statement when making the announcement, saying he had failed to address unanswered questions about the withdrawal of disciplinary and criminal charges against crime intelligence head Richard Mduli, which were brought to light by concerned police officers. Instead the president felt the need to reflect on “a disappointing spectacle of police officers jeopardising state security by placing information in the public domain, in contravention of their oath of office”.

He lamented another missed opportunity to appoint a career police officer as national commissioner.

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