Zuma won't be drawn on Mdluli

2012-05-22 21:01

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has declined to be drawn on the merits of an earlier decision to reinstate SA Police Service (SAPS) crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday, he sought to assure Parliament and the country that the law enforcement agencies were "operating as they should, protecting the public whose safety and security remains the top priority of government".

It would be wrong to give an impression that the entire police service was in disarray because of the Mdluli matter, Zuma said.

"We are dealing with one element, which is intelligence, not the entire police force."

Zuma was asked by Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko whether he had been informed of all the considerations resulting in the decision to reinstate Mdluli.

He was also asked to give his view on whether the considerations were "rational" and whether Mdluli met all the requirements for performing the duties of his post.

In his response, the President noted that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had appointed a task team to investigate some aspects of this matter, while the Inspector General of Intelligence was also probing aspects that were within her mandate.

"Everything possible was being done to address the matter."


However, ultimately, the appointments, suspensions, reinstatements, transfers, and all staff movements in government departments were the responsibility of those departments "and not the President".

There were government prescripts and procedures in place to deal with performance issues within departments.

The President did not manage the performance of officials in government departments, Zuma said.

On Monday, acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi's office declined to confirm he had signed a notice to suspend Mdluli.

"If somebody has been given a notice of intention to suspend it is an internal matter," said Brigadier Lindela Mashigo, spokesperson for the acting national police commissioner.

"If and when somebody is suspended, then I can make it public," he added.

Earlier Mkhwanazi told SABC radio news: "I signed a notice of suspension on Sunday [May 13] but other than that I'm not sure... was it delivered and what's the latest on it."

On Friday, Mdluli told the public broadcaster he had not been served with a suspension notice.

Mkhwanazi said it was up to "a deputy national commissioner" to communicate to Mdluli.

Fraud, murder claims

Mkhwanazi said after Mdluli was removed as crime intelligence head earlier this month: "He was going to report to one of the deputy national commissioners, and he is the one communicating with Mdluli, not me."

Mthethwa announced on May 9 that Mdluli would be moved from crime intelligence to a position in the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations, Fannie Masemola.

Mdluli was first suspended in 2011 when he was arrested on fraud and murder allegations, but that suspension was lifted in March this year. Mthethwa then announced his move.

Since then, several media have reported he was served with a second suspension notice and that he had until Tuesday to give reasons as to why he should not be suspended again.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-22 21:08

    I think JZ feels he has been drawn enough for now. As far as Richard Mdluli is concerned, he could be sitting on a cartload of dirt and a big shovel...

      Godfrey - 2012-05-22 21:17

      LOL....not only is he busy covering his @ss, he must also cover his "member" not

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 21:18

      Zip-it-up Zuma has no opinion on anything - except on the public exhibition of his assets. He most certainly will not take responsibility for any wrong doing.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-22 21:14

    Because he's feeling a bit "Naked" out on his own.

      Sonja - 2012-05-22 21:19

      But he's got one "small" problem lol

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-05-22 21:24

      Can you guys find something nice to say about our President? why are you always showing your naked racism?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-22 21:30

      It's racism if you make a joke at another persons expense. Come on guys.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 21:35

      @nhamo whats racism got to do with it????

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-23 06:55

      People seem to think that expressing negative opinion about " constitutes racism ... It is not racism - we are merely expressing opinion on whether Zuma deserved the ridicule. I firmly believe that public response would have been the same had he been white. We are not ridiculing anything other that his inability to govern the country effectively, his lack of involvement in the real issues, and his inability to keep his toti in his trousers. Standing up for him during this time will not get you your farm, mine, house, job or car - not ever. His ego has been deflated because he probably believes he is invincible, and that he can't be touched. We all know that if the criteria surrounding the election were based on the best and most qualified person for the job, Zuma would never have got into office. The decline of services on our country has exacerbated since he took office and he has made his lack of desire to fix things perfectly clear. Keeping 4 wives, 20 something kids and who knows how many lovers happy, is no mean feat - is there enough time to actually do his job? Making fun of him and not wanting him in the president's chair has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with wanting the best person for the job - whomever he/she may be.

      Martin - 2012-05-23 07:35

      NHAMO, he does have a shiny distended skull, and he can eat alot of cake, but he cannot dance or stick fight very well, which is what we look for in a south african president

  • Anthony - 2012-05-22 21:26

    zuma zuma zuma why would anybody want to hear from you, your own family is ashamed of what you do.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-05-22 21:36

    Mdluli is not a burning issue right now, I am so pissed with my fellow whites that nothing matters anymore. We need to learn to separate issues, and the fact that DA support the painting just pisses me off, it probably supported ET as well

  • Pule - 2012-05-22 21:41

    comrades which one do you prefer Shower or Small spear?

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 22:07


  • braamc - 2012-05-22 22:03

    Arrogant dig

  • Erna - 2012-05-22 23:07

    Seems to me like everyone is shifting the blame! Imagine signing a notice of suspension and not knowing if it has been delivered or not.

  • brianmacza - 2012-05-23 06:28

    "Zuma won't be drawn on Mdluli " Zapiro might want to chip in on that statement...

      Zahir - 2012-05-23 07:57

      Or murray draws another

  • franco.beukman - 2012-05-23 07:45

    Why cnt Zuma just give straight answers.he always avoid the questions that touch his own opinion .Are u a man or a mouse Zuma. Man up nd take a punch for a change. Stop hidding behind stupid politic talks nd show us u a leader nd nt a muppet

      grant.hide - 2012-05-23 09:03

      a bought out one.

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-23 09:02

    Frot fish smells better.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-23 09:51

    Lies Lies Lies All he does is lie The SAPS do almost nothing,and the few that do,will always get over looked because of the majority that is corrupt or dosnt give a rats ass. while people crash,burn,get robbed,raped and die everyday.whilst they're busy spending bribe money to get some Dougnuts... how can people still belive this guy?!

  • Danny - 2012-05-28 09:13

    SO much of excuses coming from JZ.He may even attempt to re-instate Richard mdluli and deny once again his actions to do so.Every structure in the police force is just as important as the other ,so why seperate intelligence from crime.Does'nt seem to be any logic there.Looks like more and more corruptions are in the pipelines.Every department within the ANC is reeking of corruptions.The government is more concerned in petty issues and spending tax payers money in defending their corrupt actions than giving considerations to much more serious matters.

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