Ex-VIP protection head takes Mdluli's role

2012-06-26 18:45

Johannesburg - Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has appointed Major General Chris Ngcobo as acting head of Crime Intelligence and Protection and Security Services in a move aimed at stabilising the troubled police division.

Phiyega made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, a decision she said would ensure continuity and delivery in crime intelligence division.

"This acting appointment is aimed at bringing stability in the police intelligence environment," said Phiyega.

Ngcobo, who is a former head of Protection and Security Services in the Free State and a former head of VIP Protection, will immediately take over after the position was vacated last month following the suspension of controversial former police intelligence chief Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli.

Police spokesperson Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha said Ngcobo would bring good experience in the service, having served for 17 years in the protection services and intelligence areas.

Ngcobo joined the police service in 1994 and has been promoted through various ranks, said Mbatha.

"He holds a rank of major general. He has been recognised for excellence in his work receiving numerous medals.

With his grasp of management values and undercover experience, Major General Ngcobo will seek to restore the reputation of crime intelligence activities," said Mbatha.

The story so far

Ngcobo's predecessor, Mdluli, was arrested along with three other police officers in connection with the murder of Mdluli's former lover’s boyfriend, Oupa Ramogibe, 13 years ago.

In February, the charges were provisionally withdrawn against Mdluli.

He was arrested along with Colonel Nkosana Ximba, Lieutenant Colonel Mthembeni Mtunzi and Warrant Officer Samuel Dlomo.

Mdluli has defended himself, accusing other police bosses, including former commissioner Bheki Cele and Hawks boss Anwa Dramat of conspiring against him.

After his arrest last year Mdluli handed the so-called Ground Coverage Report to President Jacob Zuma in which it is alleged that certain high profile ANC leaders, including Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Cele plotted to overthrow Zuma.

Ramogibe's murder, for which Mdluli has been suspended and is being investigated, took place in February 1999 after he had survived another attempt on his life in December 1998.

Ramogibe, who was married to Tshidi Buthelezi, who had a child with Mdluli, was shot dead while apparently driving a car belonging to one of the policemen arrested for his death, Ximba.

Mdluli, Ximba and Mtunzi have been accused of intimidating Ramogibe and Buthelezi's families by demanding that the two lovers end their relationship.

In March all charges against Mdluli, including fraud and corruption charges relating to the alleged misuse of a crime intelligence slush fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles, and the hiring of family members, were withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority, despite a growing chorus for him to be given the boot.

Public anger

In May, a storm erupted after Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would temporarily be moved to another division within the police, but this was not enough to appease growing public anger regarding the uncertainty on Mdluli’s future.

A few weeks later, then acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, who had been rumoured to be the frontrunner for the intelligence post, suspended Mdluli again.

Two weeks ago Mdluli, who is challenging his suspension in the labour court, was successfully interdicted from performing any duties as a police officer when civil rights group, Freedom Under Law, won the interdict.

The court barred Mdluli from entering the SAPS building and instructed him to return all SAPS belongings including his work cellphone.

Mdluli has appealed against the court order.

Yesterday the Johannesburg Labour Court stayed Mdluli's challenge of his suspension.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-26 19:09

    Please be warned his appointment might turn to a racial issue very soon!!weakness !!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-26 19:59

      Lets see how long he can keep from controversy...

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-27 01:37

      This is at least the second time he tries this on news24.... Be warned: this duma chap sees it as his mission to forestall any negative comments about zoomer by trying his cheap negative psychology!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And really how DID he get such acclaim for this nutty post? (His five other paid ANC-collegues on news24?) 2nd WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that it really becomes crunch time for Zuma, expect more of this type of "help" for him. (Even if dumber changes his name, if he does not lose his redundant exclamation marks, easily spotted!!!!!) Utterly transparent lameness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • armand.horn.58 - 2012-06-26 19:13

    Again, Ngcobo is a Zuma man. Keeping the police in the back pocket?

      Juan - 2012-06-26 19:28

      Another African Nation Crisis deployee. We all know how these appointments turn out. Tell me of one government department except revenue that's not in a shambles

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 19:21

    Heybo Duma,just like the government hey!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 19:22

    ..and government must be very weak.

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-06-26 19:26

    Is not Chris Ngcobo, the former JMPD chief?

      Gary - 2012-06-27 08:43

      I was thinking the same thing ... and weren't there all sorts of complaints about corruption and nepotism against him when he was there?

  • joemols - 2012-06-26 19:35

    So Mr President is a tribalist after all!

  • Innocent - 2012-06-26 19:40

    Although commissioner she is newly in the office at least if she shall appoint in a merit SA will develop a trust on her.she denied to appoint Former acting commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi who was not used by any politicians. She must beware of Minister Nathi Mthethwa and investigate R200k he use to fence his home from security fund.

      Dee - 2012-06-27 02:25

      Yes, I am surprised not to see Mkhwanazi's name in the appointment. (Although it is a temporary appointment?). I hope the investigative journalists keep us informed of what happens to Mkhwanazi's career. He's a good man who won the respect of many of us.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-26 20:25

    what can u do about politics? Hardly a month in a psn and already appointing other allies. Infact its not even appointing, its deployment of cde

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-26 20:25

    what can u do about politics? Hardly a month in a psn and already appointing other allies. Infact its not even appointing, its deployment of cde

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-06-26 20:25

    Another anc disaster waiting to implode , watch this space !!!!!

  • johannes.ramara - 2012-06-26 21:14

    Now at least a person within the police force and who knows the up and downs and the intiligences has being appointed. Mark my words or read my lips were are going to see a change in strategy and a new changes brought into effect. Please do not view every thing with negativity now is time for change. The time is now.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-27 01:17

    Great, from a fraud and murder suspect to a Zoomer-protector with a blue light brigade mentality. First Ngcobo's job was to protected Zoomer from physical harm, now he will protect him and his band of thieves from political harm. I suppose in SA, this is an improvement?

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