Sexwale takes Mdluli to task over intelligence report

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has officially reported former crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli to the public protector.

Sexwale wants Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate a possible abuse of state resources by Mdluli in what appears to be an internal ANC battle.

The complaint relates to the so-called “ground coverage” intelligence report, which names Sexwale as head of a campaign to unseat President Jacob Zuma as ANC president in December.

The report claims Sexwale and a group of ANC leaders met in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, to plot against Zuma.

Sexwale has also filed a request for information and a copy of the report from the police department.

It was reported last year that the report surfaced during a bail hearing in Mdluli’s murder case.

Mdluli has since denied compiling the report and claims his signature on the document, which declassifies it, was forged.

City Press has seen an affidavit by Sexwale that forms part of his complaint to Madonsela.

In the affidavit the minister states that he unsuccessfully tried to get a copy of the report from Mdluli’s murder case docket.

Sexwale states in the affidavit that he first tried to get the report from the National Prosecuting Authority on April 5, but it was “apparently not obtainable from the case docket”.

He then went on to file a request for information in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to get the report from the police department.

“I have reasonable suspicion that Mdluli may have used his capacity as head of crime intelligence to engage in an unauthorised investigation,” he said.

“Such unlawful investigation would constitute an abuse of state resources and maladministration as it was an investigation into the internal affairs of a political party.”

Sexwale has denied plotting to oust Zuma.

The report has caused divisions in the ANC, while some ministers also subsequently alleged that Mdluli was monitoring their movements and calls.

At least two sources close to Sexwale said he was hoping to capitalise on the unhappiness in the ANC over Mdluli to win support for his campaign to be elected ANC president, or at least to gain one of the party’s top six positions.

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