Top cop suddenly redeploys generals

2011-11-29 11:01

Johannesburg - Acting chief of police Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi apparently summarily transferred a number of generals in the criminal intelligence unit to other sections on Monday.

When Beeld sent national police spokesperson Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha a list of questions, about two pages long, in connection with the redeployment, Mbatha simply answered that “certain interventions took place aimed at the optimal functioning of the environment.

“It was done in the interest of the [police] service.”

According to Beeld’s information, a certain Dr Kock is the only person not to have been transferred from the unit. He apparently works with crime statistics.

Police protection unit chief Lieutenant General Fanie Masemola is apparently now the acting head of crime intelligence.

Reasons unclear

Reasons for the redeployment are unclear.

Beeld asked Mbatha whether the murder case against the suspended head of the unit, Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, had played any part in the redeployments. He declined to answer.

Mdluli has been charged with the murder of a fellow policeman in 1999.

While investigating the murder case against Mdluli, the police apparently “accidentally” came across evidence of motor vehicle fraud allegedly committed by him. The alleged fraud runs to about R1.3m.

Mbatha also has not responded to questions relating to allegations about the R1.1m golden handshake received by former Gauteng intelligence chief Major General Joey Mabasa while a criminal investigation was being carried out against him.

Mabasa is being investigated for corruption and bribery in connection with his alleged ties with alleged Czech mafia boss Radovan Krejcír.

The police defended the payment in Parliament, arguing that they could find no evidence to take disciplinary steps against Mabasa.

  • Waheed - 2011-11-29 11:16

    It's actually quite simple...redirect the efforts to incriminate the ANC (which is probably 95% of what the C.I.U ends up doing anyway) via redeployment based on undisclosed reasoning. This is the type of scenario that will become rife once the Secrecy Bill is legislated.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-29 12:13

    The re-deployment was done in the interest of the police service not that of public safety therefore seems to be some weired and sinister goings on. Hope not another cover up.

      James - 2011-11-29 12:27

      What a hope!

      Bobo - 2011-11-29 13:09

      Hi Andrew The re-deployment was in fact done in the interest of the public, but could not be made public because it would shower the suspended chief Celebe with endless questions.There is currently high level investigations and probes in various departments and police stations and arrests will follow.Top management in the public sector also attended the meeting/s prior to the transfers, and were given the assurance that corruption will be rooted out from top to bottom. Let`s wait and see.

      Ally - 2011-11-29 13:12

      Nail on the head, Andrew: "in the interest of the police service not that of public safety "

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-29 13:00

    Welcome to the REPUBLIC OF BANANA EATERS nothing suprises us much anymore

  • braamc - 2011-11-29 13:01

    Murder, fraud, corruption, apply my mind, silence, no moral values, incompetency, untouchable, and list goes on - f*cken hateful things

  • Archie - 2011-11-29 13:02

    the ANC is managed/run by the SACP .the pres and most of his cabinet have all been members or are members.Communist management style is dictatorial there is no public debate .All decisions are made behind closed doors. So why should cops be any different.Next time you vote do it wisely

      Musa - 2011-11-29 13:20

      There are no facts in what you are saying. Don't go around making unfounded allegations, you are making a mockery of yourself.

      braamc - 2011-11-29 13:46

      @Musa You must be blind and deaf. I am thinking spectacularly stupid not to see or grasp it. Ok stupid

  • Jeremy - 2012-01-30 12:36

    Ag, it's just another poorly thought out anti corruption strategy. Or perhaps things have deteriorated to such an extent that it is a pro corruption strategy. Anyway, the cops swap personnel around whenever they can't figure out exactly who is the bad egg but they know there is one.

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