DA lauds Mdluli suspension

2012-05-27 22:05

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance congratulated the acting national police commissioner for suspending crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli and standing up to "political interference".

Spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi was to be congratulated for "standing up to politicians suffering from electionitis by resisting executive interference in the police and re-suspending Richard Mdluli."

"Mkhwanazi allegedly went head-to-head with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa by signing off on Mdluli’s suspension letter and ignoring the politicians who allegedly reinstated him. And about time, too," Kohler Barnard said.

Mdluli's suspension, disclosed on Sunday, was related to allegations emerging from the ongoing court inquest into the murder of Mdluli's former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.

He also faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members. He was suspended, but both sets of charges were later withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence in March this year.

Day in court

Barnard said she had been informed that Mkhwanazi had "had Mdluli locked out of any and all SAPS buildings as well as stripping him of all SAPS equipment and keys".

"What should logically result from these actions is a veritable deluge of criminal charges. The DA maintains that Mdluli must have his day in court to answer to the raft of allegations of criminal conduct against him," she said.

African Christian Democratic Party spokesperson Steve Swart said they were concerned about the state of the criminal justice sector given that suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele now faced a damning report against him.

"The question arises as to why the minister of police allegedly ensured that Mdluli's previous suspension was lifted, particularly when further allegations relating to the abuse of a R300m slush fund came to light... this is a cause of great concern," he said.

Barnard said if the service was run by "another career politician with no experience in the police, would be beyond disastrous".

"The SAPS must be run by a career officer who has the strength to run the service as it should be", she said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-27 22:20

    About time - get rid of him completely

      Austin Kamalo - 2012-05-28 08:34

      This is great we need police with guts,thanks Mankhwazi. Next step make sure those cops that rob people on the street should be gone. Get rid of all criminals out of saps. Bravo General

      Alan - 2012-05-28 09:52

      Heck yes; I am getting SO tired of ANC criminal types selecting other criminal types to head up important sections like Police or Intelligence. Cele was just a joke with his cowboy hats and big attitude. Once he was employed, he changed police ranks so he could make himself a 'general' and put stars on his own shoulders. How pathetic is that? And now he has been proven to be General of Liars.

  • John - 2012-05-27 23:33

    I will start respecting the SAPS when they start acting like police and ignore political pressure and start executing the laws of our land on ordinary citizens and POLITICIANS. Well done to Mkhwanazi, and I hope that the rest of the career policemen follow in his footsteps.

  • braamc - 2012-05-28 04:42

    Viva DA

      Lorraine Monase - 2012-06-03 12:33

      it hs nothing 2 do with DA huh!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-28 07:06

    Another corrupt cop bites the dust!! Well done Commissioner!!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-05-28 07:26

    Commendable Commissioner. One woners what challeges u faced, from the powers that may be. Wonder if you will continue acting for for how long, we know what happens to people who don't tow the line. Even if you get stripped of the ppsition u deserve a Bell, and hope you continue to walk tall with ur head held high!

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