Cele asked to halt slush fund probe

2016-09-07 07:11
Richard Mdluli (City Press)

Richard Mdluli (City Press)

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Durban - Former police crime intelligence unit head Richard Mdluli tried to get former police commissioner Bheki Cele to halt an investigation into alleged theft from a secret slush fund.

This according to suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen, who has broken rank in a tell-all book expected to be released this week. Its title is “Blood on their Hands: General Johan Booysen Reveals his Truth”.

Mdluli and other unit officers are accused of benefiting from the secret fund, using it to buy cars, properties, and for overseas trips.  

The book unravels the intricate web behind Booysen's struggle to keep his job, the suspension of the so-called “Cato Manor death squad” and the agendas to capture key law enforcement institutions, including the Hawks and police watchdog Ipid.

Booysen reveals how he came to be in possession of the Ground Coverage intelligence report. It contains allegations of corruption and political intrigue, most notably a plot to unseat President Jacob Zuma.

The report has since been widely discredited. It came from a police officer who allegedly benefited from the secret fund.

Mdluli was appointed as the head of the police’s crime intelligence division in 2009. In 2011, he was suspended after he was charged for the murder of a love rival, Oupa Ramogibe. In September that year, Mdluli was charged separately for fraud and corruption relating to his alleged abuse of crime intelligence’s secret service account. He is currently on trial on charges of killing Ramogibe, intimidation, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

In his book, Booysen refers to a discussion he had with Cele after he had brought the Ground Coverage report to his attention:

“'I had no relationship with him to speak of. I'd never even picked up the phone to call him. He hadn't been on the selection panel for the Hawks job. At that stage we'd never met alone, ever. Yet 'sources' said I was Cele's right-hand man.'

'Cut and paste account'

“The first time they met alone was in Cele's Pretoria office in 2011. Johan had asked for an urgent meeting after someone in Crime Intelligence had given him what he thought was a top-secret intelligence report, alleging corruption and political intrigue in KZN.

“The report seemed a crude and convoluted cut and paste account of actual events mixed with innuendo, conjecture and blatant lies.

“Johan handed Cele the report. The police chief glanced at it, then said: 'You're too late. I saw it months ago. It's the work of Crime Intelligence and Richard Mdluli.'

“Johan felt embarrassed.

“'I'd flown all the way from Durban to Pretoria, made an appointment with him - and it turned out to be disinformation he was aware of. It had actually been in the newspapers in various guises, but I was oblivious to it and the machinations involving Richard Mdluli.'

“Cele told Johan that Richard Mdluli had approached him to stop the investigations.

“‘Cele had refused. Next thing the Ground Coverage report was doing the rounds, compiled by Colonel N.H. Singh from Crime Intelligence, also allegedly a beneficiary of the secret fund.’”


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