Police move to suspend Mdluli - again

2012-05-17 19:15

Johannesburg - Controversial top cop Richard Mdluli has been told by his bosses to give reasons why he should not be suspended.

City Press has received confirmation from police sources that both Mdluli and Major General Solly Lazarus, finance head of the crime intelligence unit, were yesterday served with notices of the police's intention to suspend them.

This is the latest salvo in a police "war" between Mdluli and his superiors, including acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Mkhwanazi told The Times last week he was "cleaning house and will not stop until all the bad apples, regardless of who they are, are removed".

It is known that Mkhwanazi believes Mdluli should not be back in the police. He fiercely resisted pressure from Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to reinstate Mdluli in March.

The Durban-based Daily News reported this afternoon that Mdluli and Lazarus had been served with the notices by Lieutenant General LJ Motheba of the police’s legal services.

According to the newspaper, Lazarus' notice stated that "additional and new information had come to light on earlier alleged instances of him mismanaging the crime intelligence fund".

Lazarus was also previously suspended from the police, but reinstated with Mdluli after pressure from Mthethwa.

The newspaper further reported there were junior police officials, under Lazarus' command in crime intelligence, who would be conducting further investigations and who could be potential witnesses.

Mdluli is the former head of crime intelligence, who was moved sideways by Mthethwa last week to allow a task team to investigate claims by Mdluli that senior cops are conspiring against him.

According to documents in the possession of City Press, the Hawks found that Lazarus appointed family members to crime intelligence, abused a police beach resort for private purposes and misused a crime intelligence travel agent to cover private expenses.

Mdluli had relatives appointed in crime intelligence and had also allegedly abused the fund to buy two BMWs.

This week new information emerged about alleged interference in the Hawks' Mdluli probe, after rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL) filed an application for an urgent interdict preventing Mdluli from performing any duties as a police officer.

A report by Hawks investigator Colonel Kobus Roelofse, submitted as supporting evidence in the court application, states that:

- Lazarus had lobbied senior ANC MP Cecil Burgess, who chairs Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence, in an attempt to have crime intelligence investigator Mark Hankel removed from the case;

- A crime intelligence source who had been assisting investigators in the Mdluli probe had been taken to Lazarus’s house and was interrogated over what he had told investigators;

- Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s specialised commercial crime unit, had informed Mdluli’s lawyer of a decision to drop criminal charges against him before the prosecutor had been told of the decision, and;

- Journalists from the Sunday Times were paid from the slush fund in order to divert attention from Lazarus - an allegation which has been denied by the newspaper.

Ike Motloung, Mdluli's lawyer, said he had "no comment" on the latest move by the police.

  • braamc - 2012-05-17 19:25

    Get rid of this rubbish

      lownabester - 2012-05-17 19:49

      Please just get rid of him. This is going to far, Guilty as sin. We dont need cops like him, He is corrupt beyond redemption.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-17 20:19

      #Power to the people

      Alf - 2012-05-18 07:36

      Mthethwa should head the list!

  • Thabo - 2012-05-17 19:30

    Suspension with full pay ?.

      Isabel - 2012-05-17 19:43

      Of course, Thabo. We can't have the poor guy starving, can we?

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-17 19:55

      Yep until his resignation with golden handshake, early-retirement with golden handshake or 10-year paid sick leave with full benefits - followed by early-retirement with golden handshake. Not to mention all his 'general' family still keeping the jobs, salaries and benes he gave them. If there ever is a trial, by the time that rolls around charges will be dropped because all the evidence and witnesses have disappeared and on the extremely slim chance he manages to get convicted of anything bigger than unpaid parking tickets, medical parole and lifetime golf club membership.

      Sharon - 2012-05-17 19:57

      Don't forget the perks. Bheki Cele still gets his..

      Thabo - 2012-05-17 20:28

      He must be fired, period.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-17 19:35

    And next week we will hear that the decision to suspend "wasn't due to pressure, new evidence came to light". [insert eye-roll here]

  • Dave - 2012-05-17 19:40

    Right at this point, credit where's its due, who cares also right now what led to this, it has now happened, so lets appreciate some good news. Pressure does work

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-17 19:42

    after the storm has settled down about Richard Mdluli,someone needs to make a movie about him..#movie title \die hard\ or \untouchable mdluli\

      keith.recore - 2012-05-17 20:08

      indeed, hollywood couldn't write a better script, cast of a thousand, finding the "missing" pages to script might be difficult. I said yesterday, maybe the secret slush fund will front the movie...

      Peter - 2012-05-17 20:45

      It would be a box office flop... just like he is

  • Isabel - 2012-05-17 19:42

    Why is Nathi Nthetwa not also being suspended? He initiated Mduli's reinstatement. What's going to happen to him?

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-05-17 19:54

    Power to the people.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 19:56

    "Controversial top cop Richard Mdluli has been told by his bosses to give reasons why he should not be suspended" That is so flipping pathetic, I have no words! Just suspend him already!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-17 20:06

      Actually, it's quite clever. Because now he'll tell us just how well he thinks he's been performing. The lies will be the end of him.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-17 20:08

      It's all part of everyone's democratic rights. He has the right to defend himself. If they don't give him that opportunity, he can take them to court - and get his job back

  • Andre - 2012-05-17 20:04

    Hoorah! At least the acting police boss seems to know the difference between right and wrong, even though the minister of police does not!

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-17 20:05

    I still say "who has the movie rights" hollywood couldn't write a better script and it isn't finished yet. This "show" is not "stay tuned to next week's episode", it is "stay tuned to next hour". Seeing some good pressure from the public and press is getting results. It is possible. Is SA getting back to the principles of the constitution? Maybe through this some ethical powers that are will shine through and help renew the principle of governing, not ruling, according to law,. Good work!

  • Ntshebe - 2012-05-17 20:10

    Being the only Mafia left, this guy alone makes the decision of who to kill during the night. He makes his choice and sends his decision to the President....

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-17 20:20

    Malema was right when he said this dangerous mdluli guy should be deployed as an ambassador in Somalia, so that he can be taken away for good by the Somali al-Qaeda we don't need this criminal in south Africa anymore.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-17 20:34

    what an f-in sircus

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-17 20:35

    I salute Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi for absorbing political pressure. At least some people in ANC led govt love this country

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-17 20:35

    If he is fired...that will be one less bad apple in the pie....and this one was rotten to the core.

  • Jay - 2012-05-17 20:36

    Dear SA Citizens, Whilst every decent, law abiding, taxpaying citizen is being vocal on the permanent suspension & dismissal of this BAD EGG Character..... Do Not Forget..... Please Please Please, Everyone..... He must be held accountable for ALL the MONIES that was Used, Stolen and Blown from that Intelligence Slush Fund... By that I mean PAY IT BACK! Then demand the riddance of his Nepotism and Crony Empire too! Then of course, get him to ROT IN JAIL for Life! This dude has destroyed our Country's Image and Our Children's Future! He Must Suffer for it! People Power will get him Jailed, so Speak Up! I REST MY CASE! BTW, Do NOT buy an e-Tag! Ever!

  • Florence - 2012-05-17 21:04

    This is a spit on the face to all those who fought to the last end for a free democratic SA. Truly they r turning on their graves as they witness SA today run by a bunch of hardcore hooligans, mafias, gangsters... pushing blatant corruption 24/7... It is sickening

  • Florence - 2012-05-17 21:19

    Mdluli, Nathi Mthethwa and Zuma himself must go fill the empty prisons. At least there r showers in there...

  • Zahir - 2012-05-17 21:45

    He can only be suspended if zuma gives the go ahead mduli has a lot of intel on the anc the reason why he is safe for now

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