Police staying silent after Mdluli ruling

2012-06-06 22:27

Johannesburg - The police were not commenting on Wednesday night on the interdict preventing former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli carrying out police duties, a spokesperson said.

"The police are not in a rush to comment on General Mdluli," spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo said.

"We had no reaction at court and we have no reaction now. We will wait for the matter to be heard in the Labour Court, but until then the matter remains sub judice."

On Wednesday, Judge Ephraim Makgoba granted an urgent interim interdict to Freedom Under Law (FUL) in terms of which the national police commissioner and minister of police were prevented from assigning any duty to Mdluli.

This was pending the determination of FUL's application to set aside decisions to withdraw criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings against Mdluli.

The criminal charges range from murder and defeating the ends of justice to fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The matter will be back in the Labour Court on June 21.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said the interdict was good for all South Africans.

"The interdict... preventing controversial spy cop Richard Mdluli from performing any police duties, pending the outcome of a judicial review, is a victory for all South Africans," she said in a statement.

Lobby group AfriForum also welcomed the ruling.

"The organisation regards the ruling to be a victory for the supremacy of the law," spokesperson Nantes Kelder said in a statement.

Kohler-Barnard said the judgment ensured that both the public interest and the rule of law reigned supreme.

"The DA concurs with the court that the allegations of fraud, murder and theft levelled against Mdluli are not 'normal allegations' and that they erode trust in the SA Police Service."

She said the DA agreed that it was of public importance that the matter be dealt with speedily to restore confidence in the police and criminal justice system.

"The South African public has for the better part of a year been faced with continuous revelations of how the alleged conduct of Mdluli and the reported involvement of senior politicians have damaged a number of key state institutions within the criminal justice system," she said.

Kelder said it was regrettable that political interference in the case had made court action necessary to ensure that the supremacy of the law was upheld.

Mdluli was suspended for the first time in November as a result of the criminal charges, but was reinstated in March after the charges and disciplinary proceedings were withdrawn.

Mdluli then made allegations of conspiracy against other senior members of the police, resulting in the minister of police announcing in Parliament that he would be re-deployed pending investigations into the allegations by a ministerial task team.

Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi then suspended Mdluli again.

Mdluli obtained an order for his reinstatement in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday, but the same court overturned the decision on Sunday.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-06 23:47

    Small wonder the guy is stressed. He thought he was free and clear, now it is coming at him from all directions. I don't think he is sleeping well at the moment.

      John - 2012-06-07 05:23

      He's already showing early signs of Selebi sickness, just in case he goes down.

      terry.burne - 2012-06-07 05:50

      Probably has a case of the sheiks!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-07 08:20

      VIVI to the democracy of SA..

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-07 05:49

    John jys reg

  • Wayne Klasen - 2012-06-07 06:48

    And it just goes on and on. This is why dedicated Police Officers will never be promoted!

      John - 2012-06-07 07:02

      You know Wayne, after i read your post, I gave it a long thought and unfortunately you are spot on. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be, when you do a sterling job only to be overlooked for promotion because you are CLEAN? My heartfelt thanks go out to the REAL cops in SA. Your diligence is much appreciated I'm sure!

      Sean - 2012-06-07 07:32

      The cancer do not want honest hard working upstanding people in their ranks. You see these types, the intelligent ones, have logic and logic leads to thinking and thinking leads to reasoning and that leads to QUESTIONS. The cancer do not wnat anybody questioning the hive or in our case the Tribal leaders and that is why they will fail. The cancer's biggest enemy is not the white man or coloured or indians, oh no sir, it is themselves. It's like a 2 year old playing with a petrol bomb, sooner or later it will go off.

      Andre - 2012-06-07 08:37

      You are quite right. It should be really disturbing for South Africans to know that the police themselves are actually fighting to get a corrupt member back into the force!

      Patsy - 2012-06-07 12:06

      They don't have the right friends and aren't tanned dark enough.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-07 07:06

    A country full of criminals and an incompetent ANC government.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-07 08:17

    Mdluli has many lives. He has been interdicted as he has already been in sick leave for a longer time. Mdluli will be earning his salary as he is in sick leave for a longer time. According to the current situation the interdiction is null and void. Mdluli will bounce back after sick leave and appeal against the interdiction by court/Ful maybe after 5 months. Mdluli will also challenge his suspension by SAPS at labour court! This spy boss is very much tricky! Many lives indeed!

  • Andre - 2012-06-07 08:34

    How can you run a police department if you have to be hospitalized for flu? You have to be seriously ill with the flu to be admitted!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-07 09:43

    Let's see if the N24 moderator will remove my posts for the 10th time. I'm on their list of people whose truth is to real to report - they would rather let the racist remarks appear! My heart goes out to the boys in blue who whole heartedly go out each day to serve and protect and these are they types in charge! How can touritsts to SA and citizens of SA trust this country: Jackie Selebi - former National Commissioner and President of Interpol Richard Mdluli - Lieutenant General was the Head of Police Crime Intelligence in SA Bheki Cele - National Commissioner SA Police Ndumiso Jaca - Tshwane Deputy Chief

      John - 2012-06-07 09:53

      Whew! Tricia, looks like you made it past moderator, very true what you say. I am overseas, please tell me what's the latest in Selebi's plight for a transplant, or has he miraculously been cured already? Holy crap and you guys have to live with this every day. Cry my beloved country. Power to the DA!

      Phillys - 2012-06-07 12:51

      JohnB surely you are talking about an IMPLANT?? And in Selebi's case, that would have to mean a brain!!!!

  • IDELABUTHONGO - 2012-06-07 09:53


      John - 2012-06-07 09:56

      EY, what?

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