Mdluli 'too stressed' to work

2012-06-05 15:19

Pretoria - Suspended police crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli says he is ill and cannot work, because his doctor has booked him off for stress and hypertension, and told him he needs rest.

This emerged from an affidavit Mdluli filed in opposition to an urgent application by Freedom Under Law (FUL) for a court order to stop Mdluli from performing any official duties at all, pending the outcome of an application to re-instate criminal and disciplinary charges against him.

The application was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The twists and turns in the saga of Mdluli - who has been repeatedly suspended and reinstated - were described by counsel for FUL, Vincent Maleka SC, as "a ping-pong game" between Mdluli and the police.

Judge Ephraim Makgoka described it as "a merry-go-round".

"Who knows if that suspension won't be lifted again?" he said.

Counsel for Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi argued that the application was "academic", as Mdluli had been suspended again.

Mdluli on Friday obtained an urgent order in the Labour Court in Johannesburg for his immediate reinstatement under what was described as suspicious circumstances.

Mkhwanazi in turn on Sunday obtained an order to overturn the ruling, but the issue will be back in the labour court on 21 June.

FUL intends approaching the court for an order to set aside decisions by the National Director of Public Prosecutions and the national police commissioner to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against Mdluli.

Mdluli was reinstated in March this year after allegations that a group of his senior colleagues were involved in a conspiracy to oust him, although he was suspended again last month.

Mdluli, who was appointed as the head of Crime Intelligence in 2009, was initially charged with murder, intimidation, kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice in March 2011.

This was followed by charges of fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering in September 2011.

The fraud and related charges were however withdrawn in December last year and the murder and related charges in February this year, followed by the withdrawal of disciplinary charges against him.

Maleka, for FUL, argued that a senior officer facing such serious charges showed that he was clearly not the type of person who was able to perform his duties.

Referring to Mdluli's insistence that he was ill, Maleka said it was in any event clear that Mdluli would not be able to carry out his duties, which were clearly stressful.

Judge Makgoba said, amidst laughter, it appeared that giving Mdluli a rest "might be better".

Maleka said Mdluli's serious allegations of a conspiracy also made it unwise for him to work with the very same colleagues he was accusing.

Counsel for the acting police commissioner, Mandla Zulu, made it clear that the police did not want to reinstate Mdluli at this stage and believed he should remain on suspension.

He however said it was not for the court, FUL or any other organisation to interfere in the police commissioner's execution of his duties.

He argued that FUL's application was totally unnecessary, that there was no basis to distrust the acting commissioner and that it was not for the court to usurp his functions.

The application continues.

  • Rob - 2012-06-05 15:26

    Dont we all. Whats your Doctors name boet ?

      Jono - 2012-06-05 15:32

      president has criminal charges laid against him, police comm has criminal charges againts his name...moral of the story...if you want a top job you must be a naughty boy!?

      Naicker - 2012-06-05 15:37

      Doctor PRETENDIA is suppose.

      Michaele - 2012-06-05 15:38

      Now we plead for sick leave, nice one...never a dull moment in bananaville.

      placebo.effect - 2012-06-05 15:39

      Maybe they should start preparing his room in the Shaik ward

      Kacee - 2012-06-05 15:39

      Please one day in my job.... then u will see stress...

      Christelle - 2012-06-05 15:40

      Jackie Selebe, Shabir Shaik, Julius Malema,Richard Mdluli - LOL. Yeah, when the hangman's noose tightens around your neck for the wrongs you have done, it's amazing how stress gets you guys down, is it not. Face the music brother!

      Jannie - 2012-06-05 15:46

      he is suspended and may not work!!! wtf

      Gerald - 2012-06-05 15:53

      Rob Witchdoctor

      derk.woldendorp - 2012-06-05 16:08

      Doctor Dolittle

      Gerhard - 2012-06-05 16:09

      Three questions: - How long has he not been at work for already? Has anyone actually noticed he wasn't at work? What has not been done because he was not at work to do it?

      Martin - 2012-06-05 16:55

      Haauw Richard....that (alleged) spying, killing, stealing and all she is very tiring... my heart pumps custard for you

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-05 18:45

      Dr Dolittle. I wonder if this guy is too stressed to collect his salary.

  • Shelley - 2012-06-05 15:29

    Seriously? You brought this on yourself and yet South Africa must pay for your incompetence. You are a selfish, selfish man Mr. Mdluli.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-05 15:42

      hahaha looks like the "sick card" is being played almost as much as the race card now days :-)

      Kala - 2012-06-05 16:10

      E=MC2 - I posted a poll recently to see what the readers thought Mdluli's future illness would be. Talk about predictable.

      Bob - 2012-06-05 16:15

      Really, this getting beyond funny, how much gravy have we got left to spill, they are like kids in a toy shop.

      Mart - 2012-06-05 16:52

      Yes Shelley, you are 100% correct, quite incompetent, but more importantly we seem to have found a particular weakness in the ANC and it's cadres (the 'men' anyway.) None of them can take pressure....again this is supported by their 'all talk, no action' behaviour. They don't tow the party line because they think this is what is best for SA and it's people....they tow the party line because to deviate would cause stress and make them ill.

      Alan - 2012-06-05 16:53

      Einstein, the disease is called Shaikitis, aggravated by Selebi Syndrome. Obviously very catching.

      Christopher - 2012-06-06 09:47

      Yeah...murdering and stealing things can be rather stressful!

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-06-05 15:29

    And here comes another Comrade that will be too sick to sit in prison.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-05 16:00

      One step closer to early retirement due to ill-health. He's smart getting in early before he even gets to court

  • Waldo - 2012-06-05 15:30

    Yet another high profiled state employee sitting at home receiving full pay. We should all be so lucky.

  • NrGx - 2012-06-05 15:31

    murder, fraud and working with family can do that to a man!

      Christelle - 2012-06-05 15:43

      I love that comment:-)

      Juan - 2012-06-05 18:51

      Ja ag shame, siestog

  • nikondaniel - 2012-06-05 15:31

    WTF?!? We all should be booked off then, lol!

      nikondaniel - 2012-06-05 15:35

      also, if this mo-fu cannot handle stress, then clearly he is not fit for the job! no?

  • Megan - 2012-06-05 15:32

    This guy is certainly jumping on the "terminal illness" band wagon quite early! Don't worry, next week all charges will be dropped (again) because he's too sick to do anything. BooHoo Okay, but seriously - he isn't supposed to be at work anyway so we don't really care if his imaginary illness has gotten the better of him today.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 15:33

    Oh here we go again. Predictable. T.I.A. He'll live the rest of his days off the Tax payer.

  • Erich - 2012-06-05 15:35

    One of these days DOC will have to add another wing to Pretria Max to accommodate all the disabled Police Chiefs.

      Erich - 2012-06-05 15:37

      Too stressed to work but only hours ago he was rearing to commence work on Monday. A dramatic change in his health condition.

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-06-05 19:58

      Really funny!

  • Nicky - 2012-06-05 15:37

    Ja nee, wragtag, same old, same old... If the country's crime intelligence boss can't take the pressure, what the hell is he still doing fighting to keep his job, apart from the allegations against him, he has pretty much admitted that the stress is to much to handle - move on boy, go and do something far more relaxing...

  • claudevn - 2012-06-05 15:38

    HYPA-TENSION!!!! ai ai ai lol

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-06-05 15:38

    Bah - what's the point in commenting!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 15:54

      I'd like to think that somewhere someone is reading all our rants and is paying attention. I do believe that a lot of truth and wisdom is to be found here. It's not just trolls that contribute.

      robqb - 2012-06-05 17:02

      @Bless Boswell. I sure as hell hope you're right,BUT, will anything be done about it? Before I retired, if I was suspended, for any reason, it was without pay!

  • Freddie - 2012-06-05 15:39

    There there you poor little stressed out corrupt criminal. You can have all the rest you need in jail, where you belong!

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 16:12

      Problem is that he, like the others, won't be going to jail. The ANC cadres are above the Law - you know how it works......another victim of 'White Privilege' etc etc yada yada.

  • Cuanita Gevers - 2012-06-05 15:40

    A guilty conscience will do that; tripling the stress and disease of the body.

  • David - 2012-06-05 15:41

    Oh the drama of it all, I just can't deal with all the stress of being a criminal cANCer comrade...

  • margaret.brand.12 - 2012-06-05 15:41

    Its only the shock Richard Mdluli... it certainly not fun, not been able to get your own way with the courts over the weekend hey? Stressed out?????? It must be a sickness that only comes to those who think they are untouchable.

  • Paul - 2012-06-05 15:42

    10 years of sick leave, fully paid. That should sort the man out!! Put your feet up at one of your houses. Relax don't worry about a thing!! Nothing was urgent befor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vic - 2012-06-05 15:42

    What a shammer! He's suspended anyway, so what's this " ill to work because of stress"jargin? I know, he will still be ill on 16th so he doesn't attend court and gets a postponement! Get rid rid of the rotten eggs!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 18:50

      His illness is entirely of his own making - same as alcoholism or drug addiction - people are responsible for themselves. If his stress levels are out of control it's because he made them that way. If he was a good trustworthy man his stress levels would not be a problem. If he is suspended it must be without pay - why should the public pay for his indiscretions and untrustworthy ways? This practice of supporting criminals through thick and thin must stop.

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 15:42

    Let me think, if I'm ill then they won't suspend me and therefore I'll be able to continue interfering in all investigations against me....and from home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 15:43

    If he can't take the heat he must get out of the kitchen. I suppose he'll so on sick leave all expenses paid - while government turns a blind eye... Like sicheko

  • Alfred - 2012-06-05 15:43

    Coincidentally his doctor also examined Oupa Ramogibe, who is apparently suffering from a rather serious case of death by murder. Just another fleck of ANC navel lint doing what they do best.

  • Koos - 2012-06-05 15:47

    Damn! It must be so nice to be black and politically connected these days. P.S. That “stress” claim ... absolute B.S. I see so many in positions where they don’t know what they are doing and while everything around them falls apart and crumbles they do everything but stress. That is one thing I envy of these black men. The ability to not stress while everything around them is in flames. Wish I could be like that.

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-06-05 15:48

    anyone would be stressed and have hypertension when they get finally caught :)

  • Loo - 2012-06-05 15:49

    Its called anxiety and fear ...

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 15:51

    Surely someone in a high level position like this is expected to work under pressure? Or perhaps the stress of being caught out and standing to lose face, money position etc is what's really upsetting him. The bigger you are the harder you fall!! Gee it's so nice to be small.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-05 15:51

    Ja, lets start looking for an ealier parole now!!!!

      Koos - 2012-06-05 15:57

      Aaaa now it makes sense... the man is stressing because he does not know how to play golf.

  • Piet - 2012-06-05 15:57

    DO NOT DESTURB.... Sangoma at work.!!!

  • Sagin - 2012-06-05 15:58

    as long as the destroyers in government, continue to keep their own people uneducated, this farce will continue. what a country! proudly south african? ashamed is how i feel.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-05 16:01

    Dis guy is realy sick ( I mean terminaly ill) he must be medical boarded) with immediated effect

  • Ryno - 2012-06-05 16:02

    i will also be ill if my business slush fund that I used for personal use all of a sudden dissapeared!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:02

    Cant he handle the punch the poor chap,doctor book him off indefinitely.

  • hector.cowen - 2012-06-05 16:03

    Were is the Health Professions Council? Why haven;t they charged the doctor who signed the form declaring Shaik TERMINALLY ILL!!!!!!!??????!!!!!

  • FinalJustice - 2012-06-05 16:03

    Bloody fool has not worked 1 inch in his entire career to date, now all of a sudden stressed about all the upcoming criminal charges against him? And already starting to make excuses to stay out of jail. What an example by our intelligence head in this pathetic banana state! F.O.A.D.M.F.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-05 16:48

      You are so wrong. He was feeding information for Zuma all time!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:04

    Nice one Bless.

  • almeleh - 2012-06-05 16:07

    A round of golf with Shabir will sort it out.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-05 17:23

      First he must start where Shabir started,in jail and then go join him in the golf course

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-05 16:11

    LOL Some people have all the luck. I was booked of many years back due to a nervous breakdown, and while in hospital - IN HIGH CARE mind you, my boss STILL insisted he send a laptop for me to do the work. Needless to say my doctor did threaten him and he decided against it. I resigned after that. LOL

  • Andre - 2012-06-05 16:11

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

  • donovan.botha - 2012-06-05 16:13

    this is bull he should be in jail perioud he is already getting shaik alitis and he aint even gone to court yet plus they wanna ceep him suspended so he can eat sum more money you get suspended with no pay and if ya found not guilty you get back pay if not buy buy ass hole.

  • Sonja - 2012-06-05 16:14

    the gravy train of bulls**t has just left the station.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-05 16:20

    Sick n tired of this government constantly failing administration, anyway they say 'it rots from the head' e-Mdluli, e-toll next thing it will be e-Zuma Parolitis to Mdluli...

  • Jaco - 2012-06-05 16:43

    What a joke

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-06-05 16:45

    With full pay as usual. it pays to be suspended than taking sick leave because sick leave has a limit. after you used all your sick leave it is no pay. suspension can last indefinitely with full pay as long as you remain suspended. abusing the system?

  • Robin - 2012-06-05 16:54

    Tut! tut! When last did he do any work - real work? He must be removed from his cozy, well polished chair and for the rest of his life barred from holding any public office. We can do without oxygen thieves.

  • robqb - 2012-06-05 16:55

    What is it with people with "big bank balances"? The moment they are in trouble with the law (Mr Dewani) or should be in jail "pushing time" or put on suspension, they all tend to be plagued with some ailment or the other? Can I rob a bank, get sent to prison and then have a doctor pronounce me ill and be released from prison?

  • dick.muller - 2012-06-05 16:58

    They all make ME sick.. How did we ever go from Mandela to the low class Sh1t that "governs" us today?

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-05 17:05

    I suppose it could be very "stressful" and "tiring" trying to remember where all the "bodies" are buried, let alone keep track of all the paperwork. The judge stated it best "giving Mdluli a rest might be better". If, big if, this is followed to proper conclusion and through the proper courts as well administrative hearings, maybe it just might work as it is supposed to: according to the law... obviously stay tuned.

  • Precious Sipuka - 2012-06-05 17:10

    We can complain till we blue. What we need is a revolution by ordinary people to make the people in power notice and be accountable for their actions....

      Rodger - 2012-06-05 17:21

      what "ordinary"people are you referring to ?

      Precious Sipuka - 2012-06-05 17:35

      You and me

      Andrew - 2012-06-05 17:46

      To true. It's all in the vote though.

  • braamc - 2012-06-05 17:21

    Do us all a favor and vrek

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-06-05 17:26

    early-onset Shaikelitis?

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-05 17:30

    Ghosts of my past deeds,the late Oupa Ramokgibe(RIP)has finally returned.Hoorah....