Call for Zuma to re-suspend Mdluli

2012-05-09 14:27

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma must instruct Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to re-suspend crime intelligence unit head Richard Mdluli, the DA said on Wednesday.

Mdluli should be suspended pending the outcome of investigations, after numerous allegations of criminality were levelled against him, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told journalists at Parliament.

"President Zuma also needs to provide South Africa with an urgent explanation as to his involvement in the appointment of Richard Mdluli as head of the crime intelligence unit in the first instance, following the dropping of charges against him by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)," she said.

Serious charges

As head of the executive, such an important appointment could not have been made without his knowledge.

If Zuma supported his appointment, he should explain why he believed Mdluli, who had "numerous criminal allegations against him", was a fit and proper person to head up such an important crime-fighting division.

"If the decision was indeed made without his involvement, and without any discussion by Cabinet - as was announced this past week - then President Zuma has clearly demonstrated he has no control over his own government," Mazibuko said.

The decision by Mthethwa, if indeed it was his decision, to reinstate Mdluli as the head of the unit tarnished the reputation of South Africa at home and abroad.

"The serious charges Mdluli faces are of such gravity that, in any other democracy, he would be precluded from such a senior post.

"Giving Mr Mdluli the sole power to sanction wiretapping is the stuff of espionage and spy novels, not the practise of modern democracy where the separation of powers is clearly delineated."

Mazibuko said she intended to oversee a number of steps in Parliament to ensure that the Zuma administration was held to account Mdluli's appointment.

Formal motion

These included a formal motion to the members of the portfolio committee on police on whether special hearings should be undertaken, in terms of National Assembly Rule 202(1).

Among other things, direct questions would also be put to Mthethwa during a parliamentary debate, and further parliamentary questions would follow.

Mazibuko said she further intended to ask Auditor General Terence Nombembe for a meeting to discuss the "misuse of the Intelligence Fund by Mdluli" when he headed crime intelligence, and request that he provide Parliament with a report detailing his findings in this regard.

The DA would seek legal advice as to whether there was a case to review the suspension of charges by the NPA against Mdluli, which had been described as a "slam dunk case".

"The time has come for President Zuma to explain, unequivocally, his involvement in the reinstatement of Richard Mdluli, and in doing so, take clear corrective action by re-suspending him," she said.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-09 14:51

    Dear Lindiwe Mazibuko , President Zuma will explain his involvement after you explain to him what unequivocally means in Isizulu. eish , uya ngterma ntombazana

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-09 15:25

      @Mgayi.....leave Lindiwe alone...she lives in a democracy and has a right to support any party she she has chosen the DA you will be seeing a lot more of her working hard to make things right in this country. We wish you the best of luck Lindiwe.

  • Pro Elvis Ginindza - 2012-05-09 14:51

    If we want 2 end corruption in(Sa)i thnk we shuld fire every person who is found gilty of being corrupt,period!

      Peter - 2012-05-09 14:54

      Even if they are only suspected they shouldnt be there to begin with, government should be filled with people that are their to serve the people with 100% honesty and truth

      Martin - 2012-05-09 15:02

      not fired dude, they must be locked up on maximum sentence

  • Peter - 2012-05-09 14:52

    Yes MR president please tells us why you appointed him there to begin with? You apparently have no idea what your doing

  • Pro Elvis Ginindza - 2012-05-09 14:56

    Zuma shuld nt protect his frnds,if he want us 2 vote 4 hm 4 the second term,he must get rid of all the corrupt people.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-09 15:47

      Zuma is not the type to protect his friends and family , after all he recently expelled his only begotten son

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-09 21:24

      He has already proved he has .wake up and smell the coffee because it looks like you another brainwashed product of the ANC who have only one agenda And that's to make money anyway they can for the the sake I themselves as its quite clear that the disadvantaged are still fighting poverty which has worsened since the ANC rule

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-09 21:27

      Jackie selebi,shabair Shaik all big buds with zuma.all jail birds as are who your friends are and it's a no brainer----he's probably one of the most corrupt of them all

  • Pule - 2012-05-09 15:19

    Viva DA Viva,viva party of clever people viva....\r\nEish people cANCer is desease that cost people plenty of money...

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-09 15:19

    To do the RIGHT THING is always the way to go Mr Zuma.Rather rid the Government of shady characters and appoint only people that will turn corruption around...YOU ARE SAYING YOU NEED VOTES....THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO USE TO GAIN SOME FAITH IN YOUR ABILITIES ...BACK AGAIN.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-09 15:37

      @Sandra.....leave Zuma alone...he is a democratically elected president and has the prerogative to appoint any individual he wishes he has chosen Mdluli you will be seeing a lot more of his working hard to make things right in this country. We wish you the best of luck JZ.

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-09 15:37

    The da can do the job

  • Vernon - 2012-05-09 16:02

    while on the subject of re-suspending,cant we get zuma to RESIGN

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-09 22:11

    Lindiwe uyisilima! The minister of police is responsible for the appointment of police crime intelligence's head!! Zuma only appoints the National commissioner of police. You should know better, but one can not blame you given the vast amount of adipose tissue infiltrating the cerebral cortex

  • Charles - 2012-05-11 09:09

    President Zuma when you were sworn in as president you took a oath, as we can see the oath did not mean anything to you,you are allowing your largely corrupt officials to destroy this country,millions of homes could have been built with the money that has dissapeared and is still dissapearing, rotten corrupt bastards are destroying our country,and you are supposed to do something about it.

  • Charles - 2012-05-11 09:16

    the people running the country please put your hands up,i want to see what incompetent people look like

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