Mdluli report names ANC MP

2012-05-16 16:53

Johannesburg - Senior ANC MP Cecil Burgess has been dragged into the ongoing controversy around former crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli.

Burgess, the chairperson of Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence, is named in an explosive report by Hawks detective Colonel Kobus Roelofse, addressed to the commander of the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT) in March.

The ACTT is a joint corruption-busting body, consisting of the police, the Special Investigating Unit, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and other government entities.

Hard-hitting report

The report, in which Roelofse details instances of interference in the Mdluli investigation, was filed in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday as part of an interdict application by rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL).

FUL is asking the court to interdict Mdluli from performing any policing duties and to review decisions to withdraw murder and fraud charges against the controversial top cop.

FUL’s Dr Mamphela Ramphele refers to Roelofse’s hard-hitting report in her founding affidavit before court.

In the report, Roelofse accuses Major General Solly Lazarus, finance head of the police’s crime intelligence division, of attempting to “influence” Burgess during the Mdluli investigation.

Roelofse states he had been informed that “Major General Solly Lazarus has approached the chairperson of the joint standing committee on intelligence, Cecil Burgess, on various occasions without notifying his acting divisional head of these visits.

National security

“Major General Lazarus is trying to convince Burgess that this investigation [into Mdluli and a crime intelligence “slush fund”] compromises national security,” said Roelofse.

He adds that investigators had seen a letter from Burgess to the acting head of crime intelligence, Major General Vele Matshatshe, requesting that senior crime intelligence official Major General Mark Hankel be removed from the team investigating Mdluli.

Hankel was appointed by police management to assist the Hawks investigators to get access to relevant crime intelligence documents.

He also co-authored a secret report to the inspector general of intelligence (IGI), advocate Faith Radebe, outlining the allegations against Mdluli, Lazarus and others.

Burgess told City Press on Tuesday it would not be appropriate for him to comment until he had seen a copy of Roelofse’s report.

Final oversight

The committee headed by Burgess exercises final oversight over the crime intelligence unit.

Lazarus had previously faced internal disciplinary charges along with Mdluli for his alleged role in plundering the crime intelligence secret service account.

According to documents in the possession of City Press, the Hawks found that Lazarus appointed family members to crime intelligence, abused a police beach resort for private purposes and misused a crime intelligence travel agent to cover private expenses.

Lazarus controlled the secret “slush fund” central to the probe.

According to Roelofse’s report, an instruction was given by police management for all disciplinary charges against Mdluli and Lazarus to be dropped on February 29.


Roelofse also lists the following as instances of interference in the Mdluli probe:

» A crime intelligence source who provided information to the Hawks was taken to Lazarus’ house on two occasions and “confronted with the fact that he was working with the Hawks and they wanted to know what he had told them [the Hawks]”;

» Another employee of crime intelligence, close to Lazarus, also allegedly phoned an administrator of the secret service fund and told him “not to reflect the names of [certain people] on the invoices”. These names included members of Lazarus’ family;

» Lazarus had been informed of search and seizure warrants against him before they were executed. This was because the police’s Technical Support Unit was under his direct command;

» Senior Hawks officer Major General Shadrack Sibiya told Roelofse that he had been “taken to task” by “certain generals within the SAPS” for allowing the Mdluli probe to continue “beyond the scope of the murder investigation”;

» The auditor general’s office refused to take part in the investigation into Mdluli despite repeated requests by the investigating team and advice from Advocate Jay Govender, of the IGI’s office.

No mandate

Govender had advised the Hawks that the IGI had no mandate to conduct criminal investigations.

Roelofse said the instruction to halt the investigation into Mdluli was given by Hawks boss Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat on February 13, who in turn was told to do so by acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

In his report Roelofse said: “It is submitted that the level of interference with respect to this investigation has already reached a level which necessitates the use of a complaint mechanism.”

He also said the report could “be converted into an affidavit as the contents herein are true and correct”.

  • Smili - 2012-05-16 17:06

    Another ANC condom comrade? When will these people be arrested? When will there heads roll? Down with ANC Corruption!!!! They are killing, intimidating, destroying our fellow country mean! WE MUST STOP THEM!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 17:36

      Down with any corruption, Thanks.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-16 18:04

      With all of this going on when would there be time to do police work? It's no wonder things are falling apart.

      Christelle - 2012-05-16 18:25

      Very detailed reporting - great stuff! But how will it turn out - when are people going to be held accountable for the criminal activities. And the BIG question, when is SA going to wake up to the raping of our country???

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-16 17:07

    The ANCancer continues, how long will we tolerate this.

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-16 17:12

    and Mkhwanazi blames mthethwa...he in return still has to blame zuma

      Thabang - 2012-05-16 17:25

      And Zuma blames His wives.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-16 17:24

    This is a corruption chain, all of those involved should be fired..!

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 17:28

    Remove the corrupt and charge these traitors if the evidence supports the criminal acts. These traitors are standing in our progressive transformation forward.

      Dee - 2012-05-16 18:11

      Indeed Tamaranui. As a society, we have taken significant steps in 18years, but how much further we would be without the endemic and epidemic plague of billions wasted and / or stolen. And it is the poorest in society who suffer most. My personal fear / suspicion is that the 'lost letter' and stolen affidavits to the effect that Mduli pledged support to our present presidency is the REAL issue - and as serious as Watergate was to Nixon.... The 'Mduligate' goes well beyond simple corruption.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 18:18

      Dee, 75 years ( 3 Generations) This is another storm in the teacup. The corrupt are being rooted out and charged, these traitors found guilty of corruption should have an automatic Treason charge attached to the guilty verdict. Heard about the 2 new Universities that will be opening soon ????

      Dee - 2012-05-16 18:43

      Yes Tamaranui - but I also heard / learnt about how e.g. a Zanu-PF state arises when the corrupt are protected by non-independent judiciary appointments, security services and partisan police force; plus secrecy type legislation and hints of constitution tampering. If you know any of the highly educated Zimbabweans we now employ in SA menial jobs, please talk to them. I too feel 'Proudly South African' with every step we take to educate, house, feed our people, and 'Proudly South African' that we have people with the moral fibre of e.g Thuli Madonsela, but believe there is a serious problem in leadership.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 18:56

      Dee, The first half of your comment regarding the failures is correct however I must ask for your perspective on the Old regime. How on Earth did you live in such a corrupt Political arena. Life must have really been a struggle.............Moral fibre as you put it. That is the past however ,Thanks for making it through the vine of evil to ensure your skills are passed on to the next generation. Just a question, Why would you hire a foreigner when OUR people have seen/been and are currently living in poverty. These refugees from African states must go to their homes and install Constitutional Democracies for their future generations. Remove the Dictators and take back your Lands. Madonsela is great for RSA and what some other Leaders need to aspire too.

      Dee - 2012-05-17 01:36

      Tamaranui - The Old Regime belongs in a Neanderthal phase in the history of mankind - and as with ALL history, lessons to be learnt from 'the nature of the beast' ('The Beast' being a condition potentially inherent in ALL people and independent of pigment - Google / try find out about the experiment done by Jane Elliot in her 'Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes' experiment on prejudice and fascist behaviour And that is why I believe our constitution is to be VERY VIGOROUSLY PROTECTED. I made it through my young adulthood with my head mainly down working 14-16hr days, without a vote, a 2nd class citizen and economic Minor / non-adult as a single woman, some difficulties with law enforcement agencies('difficulty' being a relative term to the millions of 3rd-10th class 'non-citizens'), and eventually international employment on every continent & travel in some 70 countries. I'm retired and do not employ anyone - but do voluntary work with people. I urge you to have an open discussion with any Zimbabwean (or person from DRC etc) at how thay have arrived at being powerless to openly oppose or change the status quo in their countries - and indeed many probably face death if they go home to do as you say. Voting is a severe health hazzard ............

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-16 17:28

    So acting police chief is also corrupt Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, and the HAWKS boss Anwa Dramat. SA is rotting away while these thugs enrich themselves.

  • Itse - 2012-05-16 17:30

    These guys are in hot water...they are dancing in hot oil.

  • Thabang - 2012-05-16 17:30

    Last week I was talking to my gf on the phone and I happen to hear a voice that sounded like Mdluli's.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-05-16 18:08

      The same happend to me yesterday,,

      Dee - 2012-05-16 18:13

      lol... did you greet him as per Juju's suggestion?

      riotousr - 2012-05-17 14:23

      Last week Friday the dude was at the High Court Chambers Wimpies with what looked like a lawyer. He looks frain, short, skinny and harmless. Stay away from his ex-GF.

  • Itse - 2012-05-16 17:32

    Mr President,watch out! FUL might be coming your way soon...We hot on your heels:)

  • CJ - 2012-05-16 17:40

    The corruption came from the head of the body??

  • Slick - 2012-05-16 17:50

    IT IS TREASON! nothing more nothing less. As there is NO death penalty in the RSA. The heinous Criminal Bigots should sent to hard labour farms for the rest of their lives. IE: cleaning out the pigsty's and animal enclosures etc. Fed minimal unhygienic food and water etc. Minimum medical rights and NO electricity or toilets either in the mud huts they housed in. Visitation rights limited to one 2 hour session every 6 months maximum. So they can suffer the same heinous, despicable,immoral and unethical indignation's and squalor like the rest of the overwhelming percentage of the population have done for most of their lives!

  • Abraham - 2012-05-16 18:02

    This Mdluli is bigger than everybody. He is having many cards in his pockets. Mdluli is holding Politicians with their balls. He is the master of the game. Politicians didn't want MK and comrades near them now they are paying the price ANC MP's will suffer because they don't trust MK so you gave people like Mdluli a big chance

  • Peter - 2012-05-16 18:10

    U go to Mangaung and come back with the same structure, forget.The rot have to stop there, otherwise I see all the good man who are afraid to stand up having sold us. Will never betray Madiba's legacy by voting the Fronters but I guess that is where u will sell ur majority to other fly by night. Time to clean whole house

  • Abraham - 2012-05-16 18:12

    Where is MBOKOTO, let ANC send Mdluli to camp 32 he must explain himself there. Yoyo Mdluli is not alone in this thing he is a CIA, NIA,MI5,KGB he is doing this things with some foreign criminals just to undermine our Revolution. Watch out you sellout

  • magomarele - 2012-05-16 18:13

    There we go. Crime fighting efforts are being paralised by police in-fighting, criminality and corruption...Aikhona!

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-16 18:15

    talk about Annoying Nearsighted Comrades.. thats ANC for you!

  • temudau - 2012-05-16 18:25

    There goes anther one, why do we have corrupt MP's? Yet they earn so much

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-16 18:38

    And they call themselves policemen? This thing that was started 18 years ago is rotten to the very core and needs to be removed asap, otherwise it will sink this country into the mess the rest of Africa is in. The sooner the anc goes the better. Not one department is running as they are supposed to do. Schoolong, health, SAPS, sport everything they have touched so far is a mess beyond repair and needs a total replacement strategy from every concerned citizen.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-16 18:44

    What a sick bunch of criminals. No wonder why crime is rampant as it is led by the SAPS.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 19:48

      These few accused are not 1000s of SAPS members , Thank you.

  • Refilwe - 2012-05-16 18:45

    This is happening because of poor collective leadership led by psd ZumaWe want someone who is educated.Politics a recomandation.

  • Refilwe - 2012-05-16 18:45

    This is happening because of poor collective leadership led by psd ZumaWe want someone who is educated.Politics a recomandation.

  • Abraham - 2012-05-16 19:15

    Mdluli can go home to Swaziland and keep Mswati in power RSA don't need someone like ypu

  • Sonja - 2012-05-16 19:16


  • mosale.magwele - 2012-05-16 19:19

    While @ it! File papers to fire Zuma plse!

      Tsietsi - 2012-05-16 19:47

      @ Mosale. The best comment I have heard today. If we wait for Mangaung, the cowards in the ANC may not have the guts to vote for someone else, other than Showerhead.

  • Didier Smeets - 2012-05-16 20:58

    Bbh bob h b

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-16 21:37

    Fully agree. . .well done FUL!!

  • Fana - 2012-05-16 22:04

    Whose fooling who?Are you me ANC or are you the people.....We pay the Tax ....but we don't get what we deserve.........

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-17 11:08

    With people like this running things in this country, we are f*cked. I still want to know how Mduli got his job with the blood of anti-apartheid activists on his hands.

  • Johnnie - 2012-05-17 12:50

    So the next person in the SAPS who will go on paid leave will be Colonel Kobus Roelofse.

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