Mthethwa not involved in Mdluli talks

2013-08-04 18:29
Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has not had talks with former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli regarding his job, the minister's spokesperson said on Sunday.

"Why would the minister meddle in suspensions and reinstatements?" Zweli Mnisi asked.

"Stop blurring the lines between the minister and management. If there is an appointment... it's handled by the national commissioner. It's a pure management issue."

The Sunday Independent reported that Mdluli wanted to return to his job, but that Mthethwa was against it.

According to the newspaper, Mdluli was trying to force Mthethwa to allow him to return to duty, in contravention of a court order that prohibits Mdluli from working in the police.

Mthethwa, however, was reportedly reluctant to grant Mdluli his way, citing the court interdict granted to the lobby group Freedom under Law in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last year.

Judge Ephraim Makgoba interdicted Mdluli from "discharging any function or duty as a member and senior officer of the police".

National commissioner Riah Phiyega and Mthethwa were both interdicted from assigning any function or duty to Mdluli.

Mnisi on Sunday said Mdluli's matter was a pure management issue which the minister would not interfere with.

"If general Mdluli has any issues to discuss... he would go to his immediate boss."

If Mthethwa got involved it would be interfering, said Mnisi.

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