Zuma denies receiving Mdluli letter

2012-05-11 18:31

Johannesburg - The presidency has denied reports that President Jacob Zuma was given a letter by former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli about a "conspiracy" against him.

"The media has alleged that Lieutenant General Mdluli gave the president a letter accusing four top police officers of a conspiracy against him. The president has never received such a letter. Neither has the presidency," it said in a statement on Friday.

"The media has also insinuated that the president wishes to appoint... Mdluli as a national commissioner of police. General Bheki Cele remains the national police commissioner and the president has not announced any intention of appointing a new commissioner."

The presidency said reports that Zuma interfered in Mdluli's investigation, and that he attended a party to celebrate Mdluli's acquittal, were "complete fabrications".

"We wish to urge the media to be cautious and stick to the facts when reporting such matters," it said.

"With the regards to the way forward, the minister of police [Nathi Mthethwa] has announced the steps that he is taking to attend to the matter relating to... Mdluli."

Political connotations

The letter, written by Mdluli in November, was addressed to Zuma, Mthethwa and acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

In it Mdluli reportedly wrote that Cele, Hawks head Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat, operational services head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya and Gauteng police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petrus, were ganging up against him.

On Friday, Mthethwa announced the members of a team that would investigate the claims made in the letter.

"As the minister stated during his budget vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday, the letter seems to have political connotations and has caused tensions within the management of the SA Police Service," his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.

"During his address... Mthethwa announced that he had instituted a task team to investigate these allegations, because they are so serious as to suggest the meddling of policing functions in politics."

The team would be led by chief state law adviser Enver Daniels and would consist of Lieutenant General Abel Mxolisi Shilubane from the defence force, Stan Noosi from state security and SAPS head of legal services Lieutenant General Julius Molefe.

"The terms of reference for the task [team] are to collate the information, including the letter as well as consultation with all the affected people mentioned in the letter, provide in-depth analysis and thereafter compile a report," Mnisi said.

Racist plot

"The report will also give clear recommendations on the way forward. The team has already met and is expected to complete the investigation within a month from now."

On Wednesday, Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be shifted from his current position and moved to another division.

Last year, Mdluli 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 also faced a murder charge for the alleged murder of the boyfriend of a former girlfriend.

Both sets of charges have been withdrawn.

The murder charge became an inquest.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that Mdluli denied involvement in murder and fraud.

In an interview with the newspaper, Mdluli said the allegations derived from a "racist" plot by white Western Cape policemen who were investigating him. The journalists who had been writing "bad things" about him were also all white.

"I have never been involved in a murder... For the 33 years I have been in the police, I have never pulled the trigger and killed a person in my life," he said.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-11 18:33

    ANC first line of defence: "I wanna deny EVERYTHING!!!!!" They think we are all stupid....

      Sharon - 2012-05-11 19:14

      Third line of defence: Cover it up with lies and misinformation when the truth is exposed! They think we are all stupid....

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-11 19:18

      Forth line of defense. Act like a complete bafoon and hope nobody notices!!! They think we are all stupid.....

      Bennie - 2012-05-11 19:54

      If all fails , Appeal , Appeal , Appeal, Appeal , Appeal !!!! The nature of the common Sub sahran velcro crested wallet snatcher !!

      luvuko - 2012-05-11 20:38

      And if that doesn't work tell the public that you are going to select a committee that will investigate whether or not there should be an inquiry

      Sedick - 2012-05-11 22:14

      You have to be a able to read the letter in the first place......

      Murechen - 2012-05-14 11:59

      You need to play the "opposites game" with this party.

  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-11 18:56

    President Malema can you clap this cretin

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-05-11 19:37

      President who?

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-11 19:39


      pieter0827006294 - 2012-05-11 19:42

      Repeating it won't make it more recognizable!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-05-11 18:56

    He denies everything.From being involved in the arms deal to the fact that taking a shower reduces the spread of Hiv.He also denied he impregnated Irvin Khoza's daughter.He is in denial about everything.We have a clown president I must say.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-11 19:07

    Now tell me would believe a corrupt lying president who obviously has been caught with his pants down in reappointing Mdluli. Bloody lier.

  • Thumza - 2012-05-11 19:11

    So Police Minister is acting on something Zuma has no idea about. Shows how the left hands does not know what the head is thinking.. Crime Intelligence Boss can't even get a simple letter to Zuma! Jokes

  • Mphotent - 2012-05-11 19:19

    Cheap defence making it obvious that Mthethwa's intervention is nothing but a lace curtain. Even a 10 year old could have said it differently, if at all this article is true. Hai suka maan sies!!!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-11 19:36

    Typical. Its in the genes or DNA to lie as always.

      Raymond - 2012-05-11 22:50

      How the hell can we believe you,how the hell can we believe you,how the hell can we Believe you,you lie,you lie,you lie....It's in the culture,part of the makeup,Lying and stealing go hand in glove.They look at you,eyeball to eyeball,and lie with a straight face.These so called people,have no shame or skin on their face.I get sick when I see some of these despicable faces on TV,if you can call it a face.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-05-11 19:55

    the same presidency that denied that there was a second Boeing following Zuma to the States? ANC smugness written all over this....

  • Wayne Mc Laren - 2012-05-11 20:17


  • Erna - 2012-05-11 20:24

    Why would the minister announce an investigation into the contents of a letter that everyone denies receiving.

      George - 2012-05-11 20:34

      Oh, did you have to induce a sense of logical thinking pointing to the real joke. We were all having fun shooting the breeze, and the cANCer crowd cannot comprehend logic.

      Innocent - 2012-05-11 20:43

      It seems Minister is acting from instruction given by his superior, He act like headless chicken.

  • Frans - 2012-05-11 20:28

    Mr. Mdluli, it's the age of technology. Letters can disappear, why didn't you send an e-mail or used some electronic communication that can be traced.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-05-11 20:35

      What's this email you talking about? Like epost?

  • Innocent - 2012-05-11 20:35

    The responds to Mr Ndlulu allegations by Minister and President office are fabricated why all along were silent to serious issues affect image of security of state? Why they wait Ndluli to respond before?it seem Ndluli is a boss,Why not suspend him pending outcomes of invistigation?

  • Aubrey - 2012-05-11 20:42

    Everytime i see Zuma and Mdluli i'm getting sieck. South Africans please foegive me for saying this to your beloved Thiefs, i wish DOD send them to HELL just for being cruel to the nation.

  • Aubrey - 2012-05-11 20:43

    Everytime i see Zuma and Mdluli i'm getting sieck. South Africans please foegive me for saying this to your beloved Thiefs, i wish GOD send them to HELL just for being cruel to the nation.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-11 20:49

    anc is a joke useless bafoons who gets caught steeling and then blames a white guy or apartheid and 2/3's of country believes them because they use big words the normal anc supporters dont understand not even themselves with the words white or apartheid with it and everybody can scream racism meantime there believing in corruption racism hate ignorance i hate anc

  • Michele - 2012-05-11 21:21

    fifth line of defence, "it's part of my culture" they think we are all stupid

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-11 23:27

    Sixth line of defence,,, my office has bugs in,, oh sorry its all the corrupt cockroaches running around. They think we are all stupid!!!

  • Ali - 2012-05-12 08:38

    Racist plot? In that case I'm also the victim of a racist plot because just the other day a black traffic officer gave me a speeding ticket... Seriously?

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-05-12 10:59

    Is it perhaps these 4 police management officers just want to fight crime and convict criminals?

  • Ruewelyn - 2012-05-12 12:42

    Come on JZ, speak the truth for once!!!!

  • Chaapo - 2012-05-12 15:27

    1. Denial, denial, denial. 2. Race card, race card, race card. There you have it - sums up the modus operandi of the ANC leadership to avoid answering charges of their corruption.

  • Ian - 2012-05-13 15:10

    panzi zuma panzi

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