Mdluli's security clearance expires

2012-05-30 20:24

Cape Town - Suspended former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's security clearance has lapsed, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday.

Responding to a parliamentary question, he confirmed that both Mdluli's clearance and that of crime intelligence finance chief Solly Lazarus had expired.

The two were in the process of applying for their clearance to be renewed, he said.

Neither the police ministry nor the department responded immediately to queries on when their clearance lapsed.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said Mthethwa should explain how the government could have placed its VIP protection services under the control of crime intelligence after Mdluli was reinstated at the head of that unit in March.

"Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa must explain why and how the president and senior politicians were placed at risk by allowing Mdluli to absorb the VIP Protection Services of the SA Police Service and place it under his wing in crime intelligence," she said.

"It is unfathomable that a man, without passing the necessary security tests, is allowed to oversee and control the police officers guarding the president, ministers and premiers when he himself is not allowed to go anywhere near them."

Earlier this month, Mthethwa moved Mdluli from crime intelligence to a position in the office of deputy national police commissioner for operations Fannie Masemola.

He also formed a task team headed by the state law adviser to investigate claims by Mdluli that he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

At the weekend, acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi announced that he had suspended Mdluli.

His spokespersonLindela Mashigo said Mdluli's suspension was motivated by "serious allegations" against Mdluli that emerged from the court inquest into the death of his love rival Oupa Ramogibe.

The New Age daily reported on Thursday that Mdluli's second suspension may be halted and reviewed.

Kohler-Barnard said this raised fresh concern that Mdluli enjoyed political protection.

"The suspension is the result of courageous action by Acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi in alleged defiance of the whims of the executive. Who is protecting Richard Mdluli, and why?"

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a secret crime intelligence fund to buy luxury vehicles, and hiring family members, and a murder relating to Ramogibe's death.

All the charges were withdrawn before he was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-30 20:48

    zuma can be an idiot at times,couldnt he find someone clean to use?need him out

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 21:00

      Dear Mr President, here is an opportunity. Choose a qualified, honest policeman. Restore some faith with the public. Or, just mess up as usual.

      XOOOLA - 2012-05-30 21:07

      No matter how bad you may find him but He remains an elder if at home you were raised to use such words to elders then it means your parents are also are Idiots you Groomed Idiot!!!

      Kolobe - 2012-05-30 21:29

      he is an idiot elder,would rather have him earn respect than have it on a platter because he is an elder. zuma is a disgrace even his kids know it

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-30 21:40

      He is protected by the worlds most useless corrupted president!! That's the answer!!

      Tsietsi - 2012-05-30 22:01

      Kolobe, you are slightly missing the point. Zuma is not at times. He is ALWAYS an idiot. How else would you explain so many blunders? Mazibuko is right, he should not stand for a second term as ANC president, let alone the country. OMG! What did we do to deserve such a leader!

      Margaux - 2012-05-30 22:02

      seriously? respect your elders? how about your elders earning your respect? i dont care if you are my elder. if u are wrong then you're wrong. with age comes wisdom i guess too??? not!!!!!

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-31 08:24

      Kolobe, unless they look at someone out of the ANC ther eis no way they can find someone "clean". the fact that they steal and allow each other to get away with it means that they are all dirty. even when they get caught they do not return the stolen money, they do not get prosecuted and locked up and they even carry on with their jobs, or are re-deployed to steal in another department. Until the day comes when people are put in positions because of their ability and merit, not because of political or family connections there is no hope for improvement, and sadly this affects the poor more than anyone else.

  • Margaux - 2012-05-30 20:53

    fark up and they hook u up in a different department to screw up sum more... i feel quite nauseous right now. think i will go and puke. i really hope it doesn't resemble zoom ah's face.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-30 20:59

    Oh please please please tell us WHEN their security clearances lapsed!!!!! I really want to know if these people had access to confidential information without clearance!!!

  • Glenn Van T Riet - 2012-05-30 21:29

    No prob then!

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