Mdluli was apartheid 'SB' policeman

2012-05-13 18:15

Johannesburg - ANC activists who were detained in the East Rand are starting to speak out about Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli’s past as a Security Branch policeman.

The governing party’s national executive committee (NEC) is also likely to discuss the controversial police officer at its meeting next weekend.

A senior ANC leader told City Press there was “widespread concern” in the party about the perceived political protection Mdluli was receiving and suggestions by Mdluli that he would use state resources to secure President Jacob Zuma’s re-election as ANC leader in December.

Zuma again denied on Friday that he was protecting Mdluli.

The controversial policeman was removed as head of crime intelligence last week to allow a task team to investigate his claims of a conspiracy against him by senior police officers.

City Press spoke to six independent sources who confirmed that as a young policeman Mdluli was a member of the notorious apartheid security branch – also referred to as “SB” – that arrested, interrogated and tortured anti-apartheid activists.

The sources – ANC members, police officers and former Umkhonto weSizwe members – were all too scared to go on record and said they suspected their phones might be bugged.

Four sources remembered Mdluli as an SB on the East Rand in the 1980s. “I don’t remember him torturing people, but he was definitely part of the interrogations,” said one former ANC activist.

Common knowledge

An ANC NEC member said it was “common knowledge” that Mdluli was a member of the SB.

The Security Branch left a trail of human rights violations throughout the country. Only 5% of all police officers at the time were members of the unit.

They were involved in 446 incidents of violence that included murder, torture, kidnapping and disappearances.

“ANC intelligence knew that Mdluli was part of SB,” said a police source. “That’s why people are puzzled about his protection now.”

Mdluli didn’t respond to questions about his Security Branch past.

Mdluli’s name came up in an ANC NEC meeting last year when the “ground coverage” intelligence report on an alleged conspiracy against Zuma was discussed. This week Mdluli distanced himself from the document, which claims Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale was leading a campaign to unseat Zuma in Mangaung.

Mdluli told the Mail & Guardian the report was “bullshit” and that his signature on the document, to declassify it, was forged.


In a peculiar move, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa appointed a task team to investigate Mdluli’s claims of a conspiracy against him – and moved Mdluli out of his job.

The claims of a conspiracy were made in a letter to Zuma, Mthethwa and acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi in November last year. Both Zuma and Mthethwa denied receiving the letter this week.

City Press has seen three affidavits on which Mdluli relies to prove the conspiracy against him. One is by a crime intelligence officer and two by police informants from Vosloorus, Mdluli’s hometown.

In it they claim that a Colonel Ronnie Naidoo from crime intelligence had obtained information that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, Gauteng police chief Mzwandile Petros and head of detectives Godfrey Lebeya asked suspended police boss Bheki Cele to get rid of Mdluli.

In an affidavit that was submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority to have charges against him dropped, Mdluli stated that he met Naidoo at Emperors Palace.

“He greeted me and said he is a Christian.” Naidoo then told Mdluli a colleague from crime intelligence had “disappeared and he was pressured to tell lies about me (Mdluli) to the Hawks so that I could be fired from the police. I asked what lies and he said he did not know. I told him that I did not care to let him lie about me.”

Mdluli further stated he was “not surprised because the same generals are involved in cabal [sic] against me especially because they lie and said I was involved in the murder case”.

Mdluli then states the matter “must be reported” to Mthethwa, that he was informed the generals wanted former crime intelligence head Rayman Lalla back in his job and that Naidoo said he (Mdluli) “must be careful because I may be assassinated because I did not resign”.

Mthethwa’s task team is led by State Law Adviser Enver Daniels and will report back in a month’s time.

  • Mahlangumusa - 2012-05-13 14:13

    I really need to get something solid against Mdluli. That he was SB is neither here nor there. De Klerk, was deputy president and the 1st 2 police commissioners and head of the army were from the Nats. Tony Leon was opposition leader and he was spokesperson for the Apertheid regime at some point. Mbeki was arrested as a spy in Zimbabwe and the truth of that matter is what Mugabe had over his head. What is the issue with Mdluli, something that disqualifies him NOW? I really believe him now when he says there is some conspiracy against him.

      Bokfan - 2012-05-13 18:46

      Is that right hey? A man who used state apparatus against the majority is again using state apparatus against the majority. But you want to apply a crass and inappopriate tit for tat logic before taking steps against him. Clearly like with most Zumanoids the majority is not a very big concern for you.

      Bokfan - 2012-05-13 18:50

      BTW dont misunderstand me Sexwale is as big a dirtbag as any in a top job with the all criminal orgamisation. But we are not going to defend democracy by hiring thugs to defend it.

      Mark - 2012-05-14 02:47

      All I want to know is.. where are Mo and Mac, who seemed oh so concerned about suspected apartheid collaborators occupying positions of power. I mean, they were SO brave, going on national TV and waving those classified documents around, risking their necks and claiming that they had 'proof' about Ngcuka being a spy. It was never proven that he was a spy, but he still lost his job in disgrace. Oh I guess this Mduli sellout will have to charge one of Mac and Mo's friends or relatives before their consciences are pricked again.

  • Matthews - 2012-05-13 14:38

    We need to wait for the task team's report on these matter although I sense that a lot is taking place behind close doors as one can notice the power struggle from all angles. President should be aware of all conspirancies and allegations as this might discredit him.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-13 14:52

    So it means apartheid police and soldiers must go. MK will replace the vacant posts because they are lingering. The issue here is just a conspiracy against Mdluli.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:25

      Your are denial and ignorant if you actually believe the BS spewing from your mouth

  • Themba - 2012-05-13 18:40

    There's nothing wrong with him being a former SB member. The SAP and SADF were converted into the SAPS and SANDF post 1994. The question is whether he is suitable NOW given the allegations against him. Those must be investigated and a judgment call be made on his suitability

  • Uzziphathele - 2012-05-13 18:50

    Mdluli Mdluli Mdluli;good people this man;Mdluli Mdluli Mdluli!!!!

  • Sonja - 2012-05-13 18:57

    cANCer infested sewer!

  • Henry - 2012-05-13 18:57

    Enough now, about Mdluli. He's been a household name and a talk of the town for the entire week, last week. For the week ahead, let's hear about something or someone new.The conspiracies against police bosses, let it be for a change, an internal matter. Like I said before, no one is perfect, every politician, a parliamentarian or just almost anyone has his scandal.

      Piet - 2012-05-13 20:03

      Especially when you are a connected cadre...

  • Uzziphathele - 2012-05-13 19:06

    Mdluli Mdluli Mdluli;good people this man;Mdluli Mdluli Mdluli!!!!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-13 19:14

    Hey eMzantsi.I cant believe this.The state resources are being used to fight political battles.where are we going as a country?

      Piet - 2012-05-13 20:07

      To the dumps thanks to the electorate....

  • George - 2012-05-13 19:18

    Is someone trying to write a script for a movie? This guy is unbelievable. Does he have a license to kill?

      Simnikiwe - 2012-05-14 06:49

      Lol Yep! he is the man with the golden gun.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-05-13 19:34

    Could someone just lock this person up!!

  • masiagwala.a.mukololo - 2012-05-13 19:38

    mdluli this mdluli that....his name is sickenin

  • lownabester - 2012-05-13 19:38

    Let the worms come out and devour Mdluli, Get the Vultures out. Eat him.

  • Ian - 2012-05-13 19:53

    The reason why we get the so called leaked info about Mdluli and also the he was in the notorius security branch is because he knows a lot of people in the ANC who spied for the apartheid govt. They hate with guts because he knows a lot about them while they pose themselves as liberation fighters. Remember Chris Hani was killed through an inside job. They are jealous of the guy because he does not have struggle credentials.

      Patiwe - 2012-05-13 20:00

      Yhaa if someone stretches his or her mind a little further. What is it really that makes him special. In all you might not be too far from the truth.

      Piet - 2012-05-13 20:06

      Patiwe, what ever he has is definitly worth a pot of gold. He makes the cadres quiver by the looks of it.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 22:19

      And his arrogant look says it all.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 22:17

    The political twist is becoming sharp against Mdluli. Politics are not for the faint-hearted. Let me say in advance, RIP Mr Mdluli.

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-05-13 23:21

    Oh! Now all of a sudden.What did he do to come clean in front of the truth and reconciliation committion?There is something like a double agent,but within own ranks it is called two faced.Never the less,there can be no cover up for alleged crimminal conduct.If he is so innocent,the most honrable thing for him to do is to call them out or accept the chalenge and face them in the arena.The current pulling of strings sure raises an eyebrow.

  • - 2012-05-14 11:37

    Everything they have is solid man. The thing is if the president keeps protecting you then you are lucky. Like i said before Zuma was accused of rape and a case was made, then suddenly months later there is not enough evidence to prosecute him. Zuma was accused of corruption and a case was made, then suddenly again there was not enough evidence to implicate him. Now if you are a crime boss and you have a lot of resources available obviously you can, by the look of things, manipulate evidence and witnesses through which ever means, (threats, Documents disappearing, statements change and all that lekker stuff), so if you ask me Mdluli knows something about Zuma's cases that went stale and that is why Zuma is protecting him. Because Mdluli help him clear the air with his Gorilla tactics and now Zuma is in debt, because anyone with a brain can see this guy is guilty. SO THE QUESTION REMAINS" WHY IS ZUME PROTECTING MDLULI?"

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-05-15 18:37

    I don't care if he was an apartheid spy but very much care about how far he's prepared to go to secure Zuma a second term. How far is Richard Mdluli prepared to break the law?

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