Don't expect Cabinet to discuss Mdluli - minister

2012-05-04 14:20

Cape Town - Cabinet should not be expected to discuss the saga around newly-appointed police crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, Minister Collins Chabane said on Friday.

"It would be unfair to expect Cabinet to discuss case by case as they appear in the public domain," Chabane told reporters after Cabinet's fortnightly meeting. His briefing in Pretoria was relayed via a video link to Cape Town.

"What we announce here is Cabinet decision, not discussion," he said.

Mdluli was once the focus of fraud and corruption, and murder investigations.

Chabane, minister of performance monitoring and evaluation, said: "It cannot be a Cabinet agenda to be discussing individual cases of individual employees employed by the state."

The criminal charges against Mdluli related to his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend Oupa Ramogibe's 1999 murder. They were recently withdrawn against Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi.

The fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli, which City Press reported were related to improper use of crime intelligence money, were also dropped.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Glynnis Breytenbach, who was working on the Mdluli case, was suspended. She was regional head of the NPA in Gauteng's specialised commercial crime unit.

The NPA, however, said there was no link between her suspension and the Mdluli matter.

Chabane said: "It is true that Cabinet is worried about the issue, like everybody else would be worried."

The matter was to be attended to by the department and the committee responsible for the cluster of departments concerned.

"Those matters, including that one, must be dealt with as expeditiously as possible, so that we are able to stabilise the police services, for them to do their functions optimally," Chabane said.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-04 14:26

    Of course they won't discuss this issue - it is also known as "closing ranks". The uproar about this man Richard Mdlui should be a clear indication to government that they are making a BIG mistake backing him. But then again, when has this government ever listened to the people?

      Sheda - 2012-05-04 16:54

      @Leonardb1...whenever a government does not listen to its people in a "democracy" then the people take up weapons and overthrow the government. I am preparing for that day are you?

      Dave - 2012-05-04 20:17

      @Sheda and Leonard, disturbing comments from you guys, how have we managed to slide so far and fast?

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-04 14:44

    Mdluli is untouchable for as long there's still Shower man in d union buildings, he won't be suspended or being prosecuted....

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 14:44

    Of course not

      Dave - 2012-05-04 14:57

      Be honest with this governments track record is any of this a suprise to anyone ? But it still stinks to hell of cover up and corruption dosen't it

      Dave - 2012-05-04 14:59

      When this kind of corruption was found people used to ask " how far up does it go " now they ask " how far down does it go "

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 14:53

    Soon we will hear that he played a big role ( behind the scenes) for the defence in zumas trial

      ntunjab - 2012-05-04 15:05

      Mdluli is d1 who handed secrets tapes , to Zuma

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-04 14:53

    I hope all South Africans have seen the benefit of standing together against the government with the e-tolling, I just hope all South Africans can continue to do so and put pressure on the government to stop this blatant uncontitutional and unlawfull behaviour behaviour with political meddling, nepotism and cronyism. The cr@p all over our constitution

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-04 15:24

    Maybe they should be discussing this person in view of the public voicing disdain at the appointment, and the position he now holds. But then again the ANC government does not seem to care about the welfare of the Country or its Citizens.

  • Ro - 2012-05-04 16:37

    Sounds very odd

  • George - 2012-05-04 17:00

    Of course not. Its a distraction from continuing attempts of raping the SA public financially. Even the Indians want to start erecting gantries!

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-05-04 19:40

    ..and so the corrupt circus continuew. We,as citizens should respect our prsident but who could ever respect the incumbent who supports and assists or condones and protects these incompetant fraudsters. What are they hiding? It is obvious to us all.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-05-04 19:49

    ..surely the DA, Afrforum and all other sobre thinking entities could use the courts to exspose these cover-ups. Parlement and the Cabinet are not above the law and while they might be the ruling party(for now) we still have a constitution and a legal system to prevent the abuse of power and citizens right to information. They dont seem to realize that they are employed by us and not vica versa.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-04 19:57

      They can't bring charges. His alleged crimes are crimes against the State, ergo only the State can bring charges. The charges laid were withdrawn with no explanation and what seems to be irrefutable and damning proof in the public domain. We have a government that is completely unaccountable for its actions. The only recourse we have left is to fire them. So until 2014, we're stuck.

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