Cop boss: Powers take cases from police

2012-04-20 08:28

Cape Town - External "powers" often take cases away from the police, MPs heard on Thursday.

"We have been told in many instances of late that we don't have rights to investigate certain case dockets," acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said during a briefing on the SA Police Service's strategic plans for 2012/13.

"We must release some case dockets to [the] inspector general of intelligence because we don't have jurisdiction.

"We do that. We take those case dockets, we send them to court again, we sit and wait. That is all a police officer can do."

Mdluli saga

Mkhwanazi said "other powers beyond us" decided whether a case should be prosecuted or not.

"There are powers beyond us that are going to decide whether there is a conviction or not. It's all good that we say we want to achieve this target of conviction, [but] we are not prosecutors. We are not judges."

His remarks come after the dropping of criminal charges against crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli.

He was tipped to become the country's next police commissioner after fraud and murder charges against him were dropped two months apart.

The dropping of the charges comes amid reports of top-level political pressure on the NPA, and the Inspector General of Intelligence, Faith Radebe, to let him off the hook.

Mdluli was reinstated as head of the Crime Intelligence Division (CID) after the NPA dropped fraud charges against him relating to the alleged abuse of the police's service account.

Along with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and CID finance chief Solly Lazarus, he was accused of sanctioning the abuse of millions of rands from the account for private ends.

Mdluli has been dogged by murder charges relating to the killing of a love rival in 1999.

But in February, the NPA withdrew charges against him and three others stemming from the death of Oupa Ramogibe, and established an inquest to determine whether the state had enough evidence for a trial.

  • Kala - 2012-04-20 08:34

    When a structure becomes too top heavy it tends to fall over. With so many clambering for the top enchelons of government, and stabbing each other in the back on the way, is there possibly hope for us citizens that this whole farce of a government will soon topple over?

  • Mike - 2012-04-20 08:40

    What hope do we have if we keep putting unsavioury characters in the most important positions, what does it say about government?

  • Andrew - 2012-04-20 08:43

    Not only is it jobs for pals, it is also pals get you off the hook. So much for clean and transparent administration, what ba disgrace to our country. No wonder investors are weary of South Africa, where corruption and fraud is rife and unfortunately government is resposible for most of this. They also spend taxpayer money without a care in the world as no accountability exists.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 08:43

    It should be mandatory that anyone being appointed to top positions in the police, security, intelligence and military have unblemished records. Completely unblemished. No coverups, no dismissals no nothing. How can the public expect to feel comfortable if they are being governed by a bunch of second rate citizens? Not on. Fix it!

  • John - 2012-04-20 09:05

    With his honesty, perhaps Mkhwanazi should be made permanent instead of acting national police commisioner. He obviuosly seems more of a policeman than the deadbeats thst the politicians want.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-20 10:02

      his honesty will come back and haunt him. that's how these politicains work. its a sad truth.

      Philip - 2012-04-23 13:34

      agreed. He is an intelligent career cop! He has an impressive resume..and people who know him say he is a fair and succesful cop. I agree, put him in charge and give him more powers...the TOP cop should be able to arrest the politicians and not be scared of being fired!

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-20 09:12

    avatar Gieljam - And sitting and waiting also sleeping has been well recorded . If they now already have difficulty in knowing how a secure well run system should work , what are they going to do when the Law on the protection of "State" security information goes through.eish

  • Erich - 2012-04-20 09:14

    This is unfortunately what happens if there are too many people in positions of power that must be protected. This evil has put its claws in law enforcement and the judiciary and we are paying the price. The Prez and other Ministers are making a mockery of their integrity by advocating the combatting of corruption when they are instrumental in protecting these scumbags.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-20 09:45

    What can we do to put things right? ...and please dont tell me about voting DA. I'm tired now.

      Felix - 2012-04-20 09:59

      How do I avoid cancer? ...and don't tell me to stop smoking and sticking my head in the microwave.

      Theo - 2012-04-20 10:08

      You want it to come right ? Even if you dont want to hear it .. VOTE DA ! In any country where there is a single party that have too much power and support you will experience similar problems. There must be a much stronger opposition and that can only be achieved if many more people vote DA. Only that will make the ANC sit up and improve their pathetic efforts. The ration between the leading party and the main opposition should atleast be 55 - 45. Even in business if their is not realy strong opposition good service goes out the back door.

      Peter - 2012-04-20 10:44

      @siyadyosiba - Theres nothing you can do besides vote for someone besides the ANC. They've been in power 18 years, vote for anyone, it doesnt have to be DA just not the ANC

      flysouth - 2012-04-20 14:03

      Why do you not want to hear the truthful answer? There is not a hope in hell of the ANC coming right - their corruption, nepotism and disregard for the process of law is now endemic and cannot be changed as it infects every part of the organisation. The only alternative is the DA - a party which will certainly act lawfully, eschew corruption and nepotism and which will, as demonstrated before now, rapidly prosecute wrongdoers in it's ranks. You should attend some meetings of the DA and see how many ordinary black people support that party, you would be surprised!

      Gieljam - 2012-04-20 17:26

      Go help the south Sudan they are fighting a war there man and need people who cant think for themselves

  • - 2012-04-20 11:29

    this is a joke man this guy knows something about the top brass and he is playing them

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-20 13:12

    'Other powers beyond us'. We all know who those powers are. This country is slipping into becoming doomville fast.

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