Zuma spy's dirty files

2012-03-18 12:04

Cape Town - The man tipped to become South Africa’s next police chief stands accused of rampant looting of the crime intelligence unit.

But Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli is ­unlikely to face criminal charges for his alleged deeds.

The Hawks, which uncovered the rot in crime intelligence, were recently told to ­suspend all investigations into Mdluli, and ­other crime intelligence fraud and corruption.

A secret 13-page police report, leaked to City Press, lifts the lid on the extent of Mdluli’s ­alleged reign of plunder at the unit since he was appointed as the police’s chief spy by President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet in July 2009.

Mdluli was interviewed and recommended by a committee consisting solely of four Cabinet ministers from Zuma’s inner circle.


The report, compiled by senior crime intelligence Majors General Chris de Kock and Mark Hankel, was submitted to the Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI), Advocate Faith Radebe, on November 4 last year.

It details what the Hawks have found and were investigating, and makes a desperate plea to Radebe to “act now on this matter rather than later” before the facts of the investigation ­become public knowledge.

Mdluli was suspended last year after being arrested for murder and fraud.

Both charges have since been withdrawn in what are seen as attempts by senior politicians and securocrats to secure Mdluli’s return to the police,­ultimately replacing General Bheki Cele as head of police.

Mdluli reportedly has Zuma’s sympathy and support - partly because of a 22-page “Ground Coverage Intelligence Report” detailing an ­alleged plot by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and other ANC politicians, called the “Mvela Group”, to topple Zuma at the ANC’s Mangaung conference in December.

Abused state cars

Mdluli was also in charge of detectives in Gauteng during Zuma’s failed rape prosecution.

The secret report states it was submitted to Radebe four days after De Kock and Hankel briefed her on what the Hawks had found on Mdluli and other senior crime intelligence agents.

At the time, De Kock, who is the head of police crime statistics, was acting as divisional commissioner of crime intelligence.

It is clear from the report that the authors were well briefed on the Hawks’ investigation. Hankel was the “interlocutor” who communicated with the Hawks on behalf of crime­ ­intelligence.

The report reveals:

- Mdluli’s family members were appointed to the crime intelligence agent programme without performing any undercover operations;

- Mdluli allegedly abused covert state vehicles that he was not entitled to;

- A crime intelligence whistle-blower was abducted by other crime intelligence operatives;

- A “prominent person” from KwaZulu-Natal was allegedly placed in crime intelligence to ­influence suspended police boss Bheki Cele;

- Mdluli “abused” a travel agent in Durban, with he and his family travelling more than 50 times on the state’s cost;

- Various safe houses were rented by the police for the sole use of Mdluli and his family;

- Mdluli had a “constant need for cash”;

- Two journalists were allegedly paid - one R100 000 to write a positive story about the police and the other R50 000 not to publish a story about a senior cop; and

- Evidence was uncovered from which it ­appears that crime intelligence “sought to influence political processes in KwaZulu-Natal through the deployment of a select few covert intelligence fieldworkers” in the province. This included “buying influence and access”.

Derail probe

Almost prophetically, De Kock and Hankel wrote there was a “concerted effort from within crime derail the probe”.

Four months after submitting their report, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has now suspended all investigations into crime intelligence fraud and corruption.

His spokesperson, Colonel McIntosh Polela, said he could not comment on internal matters, but City Press understands Dramat took his cue from acting police boss ­Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Mkhwanazi’s spokesperson, Brigadier­ ­Lindela Mashigo, said “under normal circumstances the correspondence or communication between SAPS and the IGI is not meant for ­publicity purposes”.

The police would not comment on this process in the media, but “remains committed to rooting out corruption, fraud and maladministration within the entire service. A restructuring process of crime intelligence is under way and the media is urged to respect that course of reorganisation of that division,” Mashigo said.

Mdluli’s attorney, Ike Motloung, said the questions by City Press showed “how elements in the SAPS and their cohorts in the media have stooped so low that they no longer have a sense of what is intelligence material or not...and no longer care about the law regarding intelligence operations or exposure of intelligence operations or operatives”.

De Kock said he could not speak to the media. The IGI’s office had no comment on the case.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-18 12:15

    We're going from the blind to the rediculous - is there nobody left in this country capable of being the police commissioner? Certainly there is somebody who is honest with high morals and integrity who can do the job!

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-18 12:32

      Apparently not! If this is the best they have to offer, imagine what the rest are up to. Morals and integrity seem to be in short supply

      Micah - 2012-03-18 13:09

      If I didn't know any better I would say this story is so ridiculous to almost unbelievable ! Is this the extent that our country has fallen too that everything is done blatantly ? Let us stop posting and commenting about it and start taking action ! Let this be the start of the African spring ! We have had enough of this corrupt incapable government.

      ron.lawrance - 2012-03-18 14:02

      There probably is but not part of the BEE programme

      ron.lawrance - 2012-03-18 14:03

      Probably is but not part of the BEE programme.

      J.D. - 2012-03-18 14:35

      Sharon There are people capable of doing the job but they are either white en therefore unemolyable or black and not conforming to Zumas plots. But for sure there are nobody in the ANC that is capable of doing the job. They are all criminals.

      Sharon - 2012-03-18 14:46

      there are quiet a few good honest people out there but honesty is not what these anc criminals want,it is way beyond me that the public continue voting these useless,corrupt criminals back into parliment,im shocked at how dumb the general public are

      Herman - 2012-03-18 19:31

      "Mdluli was interviewed and recommended by a committee consisting solely of four Cabinet ministers from Zuma’s inner circle." This reeks of cronyism AND cronyism leads to fraud and corruption Zuma!!! The same happened when Mogoeng Mogoeng got selected, MOST were from Zuma's cronies!! "The Hawks, which uncovered the rot in crime intelligence, were recently told to ­suspend all investigations into Mdluli, and ­other crime intelligence fraud and corruption." I thought the "government" was so serious about rooting out ALL fraud and corruption??? Who ordered the investigation to be suspended and why??? People of SA, these fraudsters, rapists, murderers and corrupt "officials" will get away with it, UNLESS we stand together and demand change, not in constitution, but in the ruling party!!!

      Ian - 2012-03-18 20:00

      Well then, he has the right qualifications for the job then!

      Bobby - 2012-03-19 06:12

      I am.

      Mattewis - 2012-03-19 08:41

      Not in the ANC crony club, my dear!

      Pieter - 2012-03-19 09:05

      Not if they are appointed politically...

      ChronicDJ - 2012-03-19 11:44

      Of course there is. They're just not friends with JZ.

      Karin - 2012-03-19 13:54

      Genade, hier gaat ons alweer!!!! Jou said it sharon, is there no one left that has morals, values, scruples and who is trustworthy?

  • whalied - 2012-03-18 12:17

    mmmm, in terms of ANC requirements, he is obviously highly qualified for the posiion.... lollll

      Rob - 2012-03-18 12:34

      Never a " truer " coomment made in jest Whalied. Absolute madness !

  • Ryan - 2012-03-18 12:18

    Public interest

  • Hermann - 2012-03-18 12:18

    I just love the unity (spelt "another looming disaster")within the ranks (and there are many)of the ANC. The only thing they can do successfully is changing names of places, well as of yet they had not made spelling errors.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-18 12:23

    Help us stop them.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-18 12:27

    He just needs to add rape to his CV then he cand qualify for the presidency.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-18 12:32

    Now i see where Mission Impossible gets all its inspiration's.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-18 12:33

    Now i see where Mission Impossible gets all its inspiration's.

  • Juan - 2012-03-18 12:39

    Uhh Zuma "applying his mind" at it's best.

  • IrvinIco - 2012-03-18 12:40

    IT seems as if moral depletion is the qualification for being the position a of Police Chief.

      Thando - 2012-03-19 08:42

      What do you think are the qualification?

  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-03-18 12:43

    No wonder these crooks want the media gagged.

  • Jacques - 2012-03-18 12:45

    This is just one of the many reasons shower-head and his cohorts want to bring in the freedom of information act. So they don't have to change their corrupt ways and can keep plundering OUR country (and by "OUR" I mean the citizens and people that the country ACTUALLY belong to)

  • FinalJustice - 2012-03-18 12:47

    Once again, no surprises here. Does any self respecting ANC supporter out there still feel proud about their achievements over the past few years?

  • billidp - 2012-03-18 12:49

    Is SAPS going from the frying pan into the fire? Do we have NO HONEST, HONOURABLE top brass left in the SAPS??? ANOTHER REASON TO FIGHT AGAINST THE SECRECY BILL!!! "The Hawks, which uncovered the rot in crime intelligence, were recently told to ­suspend all investigations into Mdluli, and ­other crime intelligence fraud and corruption."

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-18 12:54

    Zuma is a rotten apple so its no surprise that he would put a rotten apple as top cop

      Kevin - 2012-03-19 05:21

      Someone has a lot to hide.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-18 12:56

    He will become our third top cop to go to jail !!

      Thando - 2012-03-19 08:46

      And where does this put us as S.Africans?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-18 12:56

    There must be SEVERAL competent, suitably qualified black men or women that would qualify for the post and would hel boost the morale of the SAPS and the country. Selebi is in jail,Cele suspended - please find someone that has no criminal tendencies.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-18 13:02

    Well F me Freddy. A dishonest Government will always want a dishonest top cop, makes it easier for them to convert a democracy into a dictatorship. I belive that the ANC will ultimately abandon the principals upon which our democracy was founded. This is simply due to the fact that they can't govern honestly. I see things like the secrecy bill as the first symptoms of a cancer that will eventually kill our fledgling deomcracy. Apart hate aint dead, it's just under new management.

  • Terry - 2012-03-18 13:07

    If Zuma selected him - of course he is crooked! It goes without saying.

  • Roy - 2012-03-18 13:09

    Crooks in the ANC from top to bottom. You fire one and payout millions,then you hire another,fire him and pay out millions and on it goes. These people have no integrity and are only there to steal as much as they can.

      Thando - 2012-03-19 08:48

      I like your comment Roy coz they get suspended with full pay & even if they are found guilty they dont pay back the money they were earning!!

  • Brendon Robb - 2012-03-18 13:10

    This beloved country of ours! The government that steals and is so full of corruption and unqualified people! It will never end! Its an on going saga and all we as citizens can do is watch , it doesn't matter how much hatred we have , the dumb speak , they voted on promises and to this day hardly nothing has been done! Who cares about a police chief that is a murderer , once again the CancER has won! Who cares in a couple of years from now we will be a hungry , starving nation , with crime so high it will be a total disaster. Its a negative comment but true!

  • Hedzer - 2012-03-18 13:12

    I think Mandela is the person that feel very bad everytime he hear or see the stuff that is going on with the ANC because that was not what he thought would happened.

      Rob - 2012-03-18 15:11

      Do you really think that is what he thinks? I doubt it! Why do you think he has being silent since retiring! Their whole purpose was to gain power. Once that was achieved, that is all what matters and the riches this power would bring. It was all about greed! Before you argue, just name one former anc stalwart or politician who is poor. As one of them said, "I did not join the struggle to be poor" and that is the thinking of high majority of them all. It is all about getting rich at the.taxpayers expense. To them the government is a big bank where you can go and help youself. Hence the rampant corruption. Shabir Shaik is classic example. He went to jail for corruption, but now lives in luxury and plays golf whenever he feels like it. Hedzer, please wake up from your naivety. As long the majority keep voting for the anc (does that include you?), it will not stop!

      Tony - 2012-03-18 15:51

      Agree. This is not what Mandela spent 27 years in jail for.

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  • Adam - 2012-03-18 13:28

    Replace anc with more sh#t.

  • Carol - 2012-03-18 13:33

    No wonder Nigeria is upset with us, we are taking over their leading African role as corruption and lawlessness nation.

  • Matanje - 2012-03-18 13:34

    If charges against this gentlemen were withdrawn, WHY DIDN'T WE READ ABOUT THIS MURK THERE AND THEN? First to confess ignorance to the details of this story, I still believe some racist elements within the force are simply refusing to be ruled by some strong-willed "Bantu".

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-18 15:13

      @Matanje, What would it take before you believed that the party you vote for.....are criminals and the reason why you don't enjoy good other well run countries out of Africa.

      Rob - 2012-03-18 15:14

      You reveal how naive you are by calling him a gentleman! Carry on living in your fools' world!

      Kevin - 2012-03-19 05:24

      Vote for the good of your family. When will you realize this lot are liars and thieves. Time and again when presented with the evidence anc voters get defensive instead of disgusted. Your vote should be for the good of the nation and voting anc is you lying to yourself.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-19 12:03

      Matanje, you are right, black racist elements are at work here, they simply refuse to work for an honest man, even for one of their own colour.

  • patcrockett - 2012-03-18 13:37

    Can the ANC/Zumu not find one honest cop to head up the police force? Looks like we are going to get another dud!

      Terry - 2012-03-18 14:45

      Nope! there's not one honest one amongst them.

      freespirit.beatrice - 2012-03-18 17:24

      Would a dishonest leader pick a honest cop? I think not!

  • Claudio - 2012-03-18 14:14

    Why are we surprised - this government is run by criminals, cheats and liars. This Mdluli fellow fits the bill and his CV make him suitable.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-18 14:40

    This really takes the cake. I'm speechless.(don't worry I'll soon recover)

  • jwdupreez - 2012-03-18 14:46

    Oh No!! Please dear God! ! Spare us another "Zuma pile" as police chief.

  • tolo.zulu.mchenge - 2012-03-18 14:48

    Zuma is no different from Mugabe, the only difference is he has a crocodile smile...

      Sharon - 2012-03-18 15:00

      and an extremly large mis shaped head

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-18 14:58

    So Zuma, when you snigger and laugh in parliament as you do, you've got sly hidden dirty tricks you have been covering up, and you realize "all those people out there don't know what's happening" heeheehee. your days are numbered, your wealth and greed, like Malema, have made you think you can get away with just about anything. How ashamed I am to call you my president, this single story has(and others)has turned me against you forever..when you snigger again....

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-18 14:58

    The story is a true indication that the hawks is afterall not free from political interference and that there will be no such unit in our lifetime. However, what stuns me most is that City Press doesn't name the two journalist who are implicated in the report. Could failure to name them be just an oversight on the part of the newspaper or another self censoring by a "public" institution?

      Nico - 2012-03-18 18:05

      Correct me... but before 1994 Zuma was heading the ANC intelligence (and Malema use to destroy NAT posters) and now you see how he is controlling and tightening all loose ends to remain on top of the dung heap.

  • eugene.briel - 2012-03-18 15:58

    No wonder the ANC want to push through the "SECRECY BILL", it's to keep this kind of thing out of the public's eye.

  • Johnnie - 2012-03-18 16:29

    It just goes from bad to worse-but when it comes to the point where corruption is just normal practice,then we are in a very serious lot of trouble.When the man who should be in charge goes down to "below ground level", then the bubble is not very far from bursting.

  • freespirit.beatrice - 2012-03-18 17:15

    Until people start voting with the heads and not their hearts, we will continue having people unable to run the country, in power. "To serve my country and its people" should be changed to "to serve myself and my family."

  • Winston - 2012-03-18 17:32

    I think this is the most appropriate platform to hire my services as a hitman . Anybody need some work done???

  • Nico - 2012-03-18 17:44

    That illegal 'k' word is exactly what this is all about - a mentality not worth mentioning.(sic).

  • comurray - 2012-03-18 20:22

    He has all the correct qualifications to take over from Cele for the next 6 months until he too will be arrested and charged for his crimes. Will suffer a sudden organised heart attack and spend the rest of his life in lap of luxury like the rest of this scum.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-19 05:17

    ZOOMA , answer the people. Are you going to appoint your third thug as chief of police? How can you treat your country , your people like this. More important ,when will anc voters vote with a conscience and see these criminals out of power. Stop shooting yourselves in the foot.

  • Obakeng Molobi - 2012-03-19 07:04

    This is heartbreaking...

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-19 11:21

      @Obakeng,it is very heartbreaking,disappointing,corrupt,abominable,disgusting,inexplicable,ineradicable,inevitable,and highly improper....What is the next shock "Headline".

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-03-19 07:10

    Just changing the pigs at the trough.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-19 07:22

    The only reason these stories are leaked to the press is because the state aparatus is doing nothing about them. If they werent leaked, we would have no idea of how rotten the leaders of this country actually are. This is yet another case of a Zuma appointee with his hands in the till. Taking his cue and example from his leader i guess.

  • Laurence - 2012-03-19 08:11

    Wowee, No wonder they want him for the top cop job. With such an admirable record for corruption and looting of state coffers this oke must be planning on running for president someday. Im sure the pro ANC people must just gush with positive things to say of this first class ANC citizen. What i first class chap. #myheromdluli

  • Winifred - 2012-03-19 09:09

    Well Mduli says its pay back time so he is being lined up for the top job by Zuma and his cadres. I hope they realise that the money award to the police force will have to be doubled as it has been stated that MDLULI HAS A CONSTANT NEED FOR CASH. Is there no fairness in this Country anymore. Well, seems like the ANC is going self destruct but not before they have bled this Country dry.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-19 11:58

    He is exactly the right man for the job. They dont have to teach him a thing about stealing etc, he knows it all. Why am I not amazed?.

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-04-10 15:54

    Rotten from the core!

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