Mdluli arrest 'nothing to do with Krejcir'

2011-03-31 15:19

Johannesburg - The arrest of crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli had nothing to do with Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir's case, a spokesperson for National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

Mdluli handed himself over to authorities after 13:00 on Thursday.

"He came with his lawyers and handed himself over at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court," said Nonkululeko Mbatha.

"He is in police custody in Johannesburg, but we won't give details on where he is being kept."

This comes hours after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

The Mail & Guardian reported that the Hawks were probing Mdluli and Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa over allegations that they interfered with the Hawks' investigation into Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir.

Intimidation and assault

However, Mbatha said the charges Mdluli faced had nothing to do with the Krejcir case.

"It relates to a 1998/1999 case of intimidation and assault. It has nothing to do with Krejcir," she said.

Newspaper reports on Thursday morning suggested that Mdluli was being investigated for the death of an ex-lover's husband who was shot dead in February 1999.

The slain husband, Oupa Ramogibe, apparently received death threats after marrying Mdluli's ex-lover. He was allegedly told to leave her or he would be killed.

At the time, Mdluli was the station commander at Vosloorus police station, in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

Witness protection

The Beeld newspaper reported that 14 family members close to the murder case were put into a witness protection programme last week.

Both publications reported that Mdluli was supposed to have handed himself over to police on Tuesday, but failed to do so. However, an accomplice apparently did turn himself in.

Another newspaper reported earlier in March that tensions between Cele and Mdluli were "sky high" after two police "spies" raided the public protector's office.

Cele was reported to be livid when he found out about the "unannounced visit" to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Pretoria office.

Police management suspended the two counter-intelligence officers.

Mdluli was promoted from deputy head of Gauteng police to head of national crime intelligence on July 1 2009 by the then acting police chief Tim Williams.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-31 15:36

    "It relates to a 1998/1999 case of intimidation and assault. It has nothing to do with Krejcir," she said. Ummmmm, but since then he has been promoted! And now that he has fallen out with comrade Cele he is being charged! Eish! You can't make these things up!!!!

  • DAB - 2011-03-31 15:37

    Here we go again! these are the people supposed to protect us. Bribery and corruption. Just another sunny day in the RSA

  • thinker - 2011-03-31 15:39

    Very clever, once the heat is off, he will be found not guilty. Afterall its 12 years ago, compare with the under world links, HOT TOPIC.

  • Jo - 2011-03-31 15:40

    There's a saying that the wheel of justice turns slowly, but 12 years? Very odd.

  • GT - 2011-03-31 15:50

    It does not matter what you do, what matters is whose side you are on when you do it.

  • BokomoWeetbi - 2011-03-31 15:55

    "Eish, Boss Cele we need to tell the public something. She is going to think we are running a circus if we say it is because of Krezjcir", "Wena, you are right, let's bring up that old case from 12 years! Ha, they will never know what hit them" "Yes boss, we can also tell them it is she who made you sign the R500 million papers" "Very Clever, Very Clever" ....."Genda What!!??.....Genda What!!??"

  • thinker - 2011-03-31 16:02

    Does it mean "suspension with full pay" or do they have sufficiant proof after 12 years, to fire him now and prosecute him quickly.

      Nelster - 2011-03-31 16:11

      Knowing this country, he will be on suspension with no pay but someone else will continue drawing his salary. Wherever there's a gap......

  • gav.cowell - 2011-03-31 16:38

    What sh*t do we have to continue to endure! Previous comments suggested all these dudes are untouchable - how right. Time to take the law into our own hands and string the bastards at dawn.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-31 16:45

    Screw him for a few of the millions he has accepted in Bribes and then find him not guilty, that should remind him who his masters are. He wont upset the applecart again.

  • Janine - 2011-03-31 16:51

    A denial usually means that there is some truth in the speculation!

  • Timothy - 2011-03-31 16:56

    How corrupt is SA getting from Bad to worse , when will we get honest hard working SA people the jobs they deserve? No wonder SA has a job issue!

  • K@K Praat? - 2011-03-31 17:35


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