Mdluli has been suspended

2012-05-27 09:49

Johannesburg - Controversial former crime intelligence boss lieutenant general Richard Mdluli has been suspended from the police, the office of acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said on Sunday.

"The notice of suspension of General Mdluli has been served on General Mdluli's lawyer," said Mkhwanazi's spokesperson Lindela Mashigo.

Mashigo said the suspension related to allegations that had emerged from the ongoing court inquest into the murder of Mdluli's former lover's husband Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members.

He was suspended but both sets of charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence in March this year.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa then announced on 9 May that Mdluli would be moved from crime intelligence to a position in the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations, Fannie Masemola.

A few days later non-profit organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) applied for a urgent interdict to prevent Mdluli from serving in the police service.

FUL also applied for an interdict against Mthethwa, preventing him from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review into his reinstatement could be heard.

On Sunday Mashigo said the national commissioner took the step of suspending in response to the serious allegations that had emerged from the inquest.

"He is not responding to any pressure. He had already served the notices of intention to suspend on General Mdluli and General Solly Lazarus when a day or two later Freedom Under Law approached the court," he said.

Major-General Solly Lazarus was head of finance for the Crime Intelligence Unit.

Mashigo said Mdluli was given seven days to give reasons why he should not be suspended but failed to respond to the notice.

"From Gerneral Mdluli we received nothing," he said.

Mashigo said the police did not want to comment on the allegations made durning the inquest as the process was ongoing.

  • Bob - 2012-05-27 09:52

    Suspended!!!! We demand fired on the spot, not suspended!

      ianon.ym - 2012-05-27 10:00

      With full pay I suppose!

      Vince - 2012-05-27 10:11

      I would love to know how many government employees are on suspension and what it costs the taxpayers of this country every month.

      Moeketsi - 2012-05-27 10:34

      I agree, bob, they must fire the man and maybe bring back george fivaz or better even detective eeh,... top one man who successfully prosecuted donavon moodley.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-27 10:41

      Alicia this is not a spaza shop,due procedure has to be followed.

      FreeSpeech - 2012-05-27 10:55

      Was the suspension racist?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-27 10:58

      Hugo, if it were a Spaza shop, it would have been burnt down.

      Paddy - 2012-05-27 11:14

      HugoMabasa If only they had been as expeditious in getting rid of a prick as they were in getting rid of a painting of one, I might just believe you abaaaout the country not being a saza shop Sadly, I cannot. Due process my foot!

      Freddy - 2012-05-27 12:13

      One wanders how many more "rotten apples" are going to be discovered but "swept under the carpet".

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-27 13:20

      Jacqui day by day your reveal your right wing white supremacist you

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-27 17:13

      Hugo, why the racism? The man is a thief, murderer, nepotist, and does not deserve to be a part of the team that leads this country. Irrespective of his colour.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-05-27 10:00

    Suspended with full pay thats a paid for holiday by the tax payer , sure he is not complaining .

  • Andre - 2012-05-27 10:00

    Suspended merely means he doesn't have to work to deserve his massive salary and perks. Just what most probably suits him!

      henk63 - 2012-05-27 10:12

      I get so worked up with these "suspensions" I can explode! How many people are currently on suspension? For years drawing salaries and perks but are not allowed to lift a finger? That said, it is probaly safer for the taxpayers to keep them away from the tills, but why can't they just be fired?

      Freddy - 2012-05-27 12:16

      Suspended without pay & house arrest untill further notice.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-27 10:01

    Next article on News24: "Richard Mdluli's lawyer denies receiving the suspension notice" The roller coaster ride continues..

      Vic - 2012-05-27 10:57

      Sharon, you're probably right, and then, when it is received, the following headline will read "Mdluli challenges suspention"

      Koos - 2012-05-27 11:13

      Just imagine if it is the crying lawyer.

      Alf - 2012-05-27 18:39

      Or he will be appointed to a position in the president's office, next to Mac! He should be fired, arrested and dragged into court, closely follwed by Mthethwa, who has some explaining to do regarding his actions and his share of responsibility in the use of the slush fund to "upgrade his KZN property! In a democracy these guys would be asked to resign. In our kleptocracy the taxpayer foots the bill for an unlimited, all expenses paid holiday. Mdluli probably also asks for salaries to be paid to all his family members he "employed" in the police force. We are delaing with corrupt, incompetent, criminal elements in the highest ranks in government.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-27 10:02

    The directionless circus, that is South African politics, rumbles on ...

      Nicholas - 2012-05-27 10:04

      PS. and the next General Election, the clowns will all be voted back in by the cheering children ..

  • Michele - 2012-05-27 10:07

    Yay !! one for the people !

  • gghtssmop - 2012-05-27 10:09

    Mkhwanazi deserve a Bells, South Africa 3-1 Jacob Zuma!!, the battle is still and the final will be played in Mangaung in december!! Are we gona see South Africa emerge victorious or will Jacob Zuma retain the trophy???

      henk63 - 2012-05-27 10:15

      Even if Zuma doesn't retain the trophy, we are still in deep shait. After all, the ANC is still in charge.

  • Louise - 2012-05-27 10:28

    Why is acting commissioner Mkwanazi not 'being touted' as the one to take over from Cele (once processes have run their course?) According to media reports, other names are 'being touted.'

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 10:53

      seemingly he doesn't want to play ball with the politicians

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-27 10:33

    why is it that the people in high positions, especially the police think they can do as they please and commit crime and get away with it? if there was proper laws in SA they wouldn't dare - but they see many of their leaders doing it so they think they can. I feel for those policemen who go out there every day with the true belief that they can make a difference and do their job as best they can - but can you imagine that the big bosses keep getting arrested for bad deeds. It's like going to school with a 100 rules and regulations but your Principal is dealing drugs to kids - it's no different really.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-27 11:00

      Tricia, remember this when you have to vote again.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-27 10:51

    More taxpayers money to be wasted on defending this lowlife scum.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-27 10:57

    Is he or isn't he? According to the papers yesterday he wasn't. Typical.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 11:03

    this is such a farce it is embarrassing. - You suspend a guy, - lift the suspension (reasons unclear- political interference?), - then suspend him again (on the same data/complaints) not even an attempt to indicate that new facts became available nothing- so CLEARLY just due to political pressures- then at the same time the honourable Gwede Mantashe tells us that it is purely an employee/employer issue and he really cannot fathom why the public expects politicians to comment. The ANC clearly believes the whole population are a bunch of morons and ironically enough people still vote for them

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-05-27 11:20

    ai maan he should be fired,someone remove the word suspenddd from the dictionary.anc is abusing the word maan

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-05-27 11:23

    I am sure everyone has seen that Thabo Mbeki was an educated economist leader with a vision. Poor leadership top down and bottom up. But where are we going??

  • Nomfundo - 2012-05-27 11:35

    Slowly but surely, the wheels of democracy and reason are turning against the corrupt and greedy ANC. Let's not give up hope South Africans, let's keep up the pressure; yes, we want him fired and if we keep up the pressure, he will be fired. We did it we the e-tolls; we did it with Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Bheki Cele; we'll do it with the information bill; we will ultimately get rid of Mdluli; and the rest will keep on falling by the wayside as we march back towards true democracy.

      keith.recore - 2012-05-27 13:50

      Excellent Nomfundo, people must continue to demand this or with complacency comes the current results South African is growing through. Accountability and leadership will go a long way to democracy, people must stay vigilant.

  • Cobus - 2012-05-27 11:53

    As with any business, organisation or government,when the head is rotten nothing or no one below that can work properly or with integrity.

  • Peter - 2012-05-27 12:22

    They'll make him minister of education

  • jwdupreez - 2012-05-27 12:35

    Suspended means WHAT????.promoted with triple pay to Monte Carlo Casino ?????????????wankers?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-27 12:44

    so now will we see acting commissioner Mkhwanazi sent packing soon for whatever role he has played in trying to get answers and a process completed or will he too have charges brought against him and the cylce continues? What about the thousands of police and public who deserve honest, hardworking leaders so their positions aren't seen under the same umbrella of suspicions constantly? How about leading, training and supporting the thousands of police, who could be doing a much better job with fewer tainted leaders and actually provide a better service to the nation?

  • Conrad - 2012-05-27 14:05

    they should just fire him. i fire people that i don't like everyday! and these guys are useless as always

  • Yar - 2012-05-27 19:12

    I think it is a good idea that he is suspended. Now we just need a convenient tree and strong rope. About that murder charge??????

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