Petros 'too busy' for Mdluli plot

2012-05-02 14:46

Pretoria - Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros is too busy to be part of a conspiracy to oust crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, he said on Wednesday.

"There is too much crime in Gauteng. When you get involved in a conspiracy, you need time.... I have my hands full," he told a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria.

Petros, who spoke earlier about the importance of restoring public perceptions of police integrity, said he could not comment on Mdluli's reinstatement after fraud, corruption, and murder charges against him were dropped.


"When you are a general in the police you have to stick to facts and have limited opinions up until you take the uniform off, then you can formulate your own opinions.

"You can be highly opinionated, but at the end of the day, when you are still wearing the uniform you confine yourself to what is on your plate."

He said that the police, like civilians, should be innocent until proven guilty in the courts.

"[B]ut one would have loved to have seen these processes being followed to their logical conclusion."

Mdluli reportedly claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy to have him removed from office.

According to IOL, Mdluli wrote to President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, claiming that he was the victim of conspiracies by police top brass who wanted him out because he was seen to be a "Zuma man".

He reportedly named suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele, Petros, head of crime detection Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya and Hawks head Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat as the officers who had conspired to have him removed.


According to reports by City Press, accusations against Mdluli include defrauding crime intelligence to buy two new BMWs for himself and his wife, appointing several family members as secret agents, and the unauthorised use of safe houses for his personal benefit.

Last week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she would hold off probing allegations of abuse of state funds against Mdluli, as the Inspector General of Intelligence was looking into the matter.

Mdluli had faced fraud and corruption charges, and murder charges.

Criminal charges relating to the murder in 1999 of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend Oupa Ramogibe were recently withdrawn against Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi.

An inquest is being held into the death.

The fraud and corruption charges, as reported by City Press, relating to improper use of crime intelligence money, were also dropped.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, who was working on the Mdluli case, has been suspended.

She was regional head of the NPA in Gauteng's specialised commercial crime unit.

However, the NPA has said there is no link between her suspension and the Mdluli matter.

  • Loo - 2012-05-02 14:57

    Of course your'e too busy. You have a inquiry pending that needs you to get rid of some evidence

      Andre - 2012-05-02 16:13

      Everyone in the police knows too much about the other one. It is all one BIG cover-up!

      George - 2012-05-02 17:21

      Batho Pele Lesson for the gvmnt: As per govmnts own policy document: Principle 7: REDRESS-Your complaints must spark positive action. Mechanisms for recording any public dissatisfaction will be established and all staff will be trained to handle your complaints fast and efficiently. You will receive regular feedback on the outcomes. THE PRINCIPLE: If the promised standard of service is not delivered, you should be offered an apology, a full explanation and a speedy and effective remedy. When complaints are made, you should receive a sympathetic, positive response. OK, not that we know what should happen, can we please ensure it happens Mr Petros?

      Piet - 2012-05-02 18:05

      Dictator zuma has h

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-02 14:57

    Ah, there you are! Have you apologized to Winnie yet? How's Jannie Odendal and his colleague doing? I see your'e too busy to get involved with Mdluli. Just apologize to him too. That should do.

  • Rose - 2012-05-02 14:59


  • NrGx - 2012-05-02 15:06

    im too busy to pay tax, hence no salary for (non) police work

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-02 15:15

    Shame, the General is too busy for plots but it seems not much police work is being done either as crime spirals,this by his own admission. Reading the report on all the police who have been arrested it is no wonder he is too usy.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-02 15:25

    This is exactly why we need honest leaders, they will be ablt to do their jobs as they have notjing to fear. But with the majority being so scared of the minority, the best we can expect is the cANCer.

  • Tee - 2012-05-02 15:28

    you must find yourself a spokes person if you dont know what to say petros.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-02 15:34

    "South Africa is Safe", "There's too much crime in Gauteng". We need to have a scoreboard somewhere to record how ANC members contradict their own statements and policies

  • Herman - 2012-05-02 15:35

    BS, you are just as big a skebenga!

  • Bryan - 2012-05-02 15:36


  • Altus Cobi - 2012-05-02 15:51

    i dont even know what im typing

  • Sharon - 2012-05-02 16:03

    When there is evidence, it can't be a conspiracy. How can someone be too busy to do his job?

  • Badger - 2012-05-02 16:07

    WTF is happening to our once rich country. ?????? So Glynnis is sacked because she bust FN with murder, fraud, kidnapping and and and and

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 16:15

    Grow some hair boet the sun is burning your brain.

  • Johan - 2012-05-02 16:19

    how on earth can you be too busy to do the job you have been appointed to do ... mdluli cannot be found guilty if he did not do these things, but by the same token he should join friend jackie selebi if he did ... simple ... the public prosecuter states categorically that she has prima facie evidence that there is a case against him but she is suspended ... how can petros be too busy to attend to his end of the work, if glynis has already done the difficult parts ... inane comment by inept crooks running key areas of our government ... we urgently need a regime change in this beautiful country of ours ... THAT is the true call to the people ...

      Frans Lethoko - 2012-05-02 16:45

      we all now factions of the anc how they operate against eachother

  • Johnnie - 2012-05-02 16:37

    I wonder how Petros knows there is a conspiracy against Mdluli? Maybe he is part of the protection - but then again the man is so very busy, but the crime just gets more and more.

  • splegrange - 2012-05-02 16:45

    Come on Mzwandile - you make me laugh again - since the days of loop street - lol!

  • Dee - 2012-05-02 17:06

    Confusing headline being misinterpreted here?! instead e.g. "Petros refutes involvement in conspiracies" ... ie. because his time is fully employed on a vast work load of crime (vs spending it on conspiracy game playing).

      George - 2012-05-02 17:30

      Is shooting at a successful public prosecutor not a crime. Is it a new SA sport?

      Dee - 2012-05-02 18:04

      Yes George - I would think it is. Perhaps that is what Petros is working on? Why do you ask - in context of this article or my posting?

  • will.dundas - 2012-05-02 18:43

    Petros and Mdluli, another "B.O.S.S." type security wing no different to the "C.C.B." opperatives we had in the Appartheid years. Maybe even run buy the same opperatives. Must be honest, M.O.D is a bluprint of it. Fear, fear, fear and of confusion. Old school tactics. When they ceare someone untouchable buy all forms of law the natural progetion is fear from all forms of law abiding citizens. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. THIS MAN CONTROLS TO MUCH POWER RAINBOW NATION. STOP HIM NOW, NOW, NOW. TOMORROW IS TO LATE.

  • Roger - 2012-05-02 19:01

    Wasn't Mzwandile Petros involved in Tony's change of evidence some time back? HE IS JUST TRYING TO REMAIN UNDER THE RADAR this time round.

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