Spy boss keeps it in the family

2012-04-15 19:00

Johannesburg - Controversial crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli handed a list with names of family members who had to be appointed as secret agents to his unit, the Hawks claim in an affidavit before court.

Some of Mdluli’s family members were appointed to the unit’s cybercrime division - without them having any IT knowledge or expertise.

Those who were appointed also had no police intelligence experience and include Mdluli’s 32-year-old current wife and his former wife.

Both were appointed at colonel level.

His daughter and a family member of his wife became lieutenant colonels and his son a captain. Two in-laws were made a sergeant and a warrant officer.

These and other shocking claims about Mdluli’s alleged role in looting the crime intelligence secret service account are detailed in two affidavits by senior Hawks investigators who were ­investigating the case. The probe has since been suspended.

City Press is in possession of the affidavits.

Search warrants

The statements by Lieutenant Colonel Piet Viljoen and Colonel Kobus Roelofse were used to ­convince a Germiston magistrate last year to issue search warrants relating to the investigation by the Hawks.

The claims in the affidavits were repeated in a top-secret ­report handed to acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, which City Press reported on last week.

Mdluli’s family members were paid from the crime intelligence secret fund and handled by a lieutenant colonel in crime intelligence, one affidavit states. The lieutenant colonel provided the Hawks investigators with an affidavit detailing the ­appointment of Mdluli’s family members.

According to the Hawks’ affidavits, three of Mdluli’s family members, including his current wife, were appointed to the police’s cybercrime unit.

They were supposed to open and run an undercover internet cafe in Cape Town.

The cost involved to set up the front company amounted to R75 000, but they had such limited computer skills that they had to be trained in the basics at a further cost of R20 000.

But the project never got off the ground due to their lack of skills.

Mercedes, BMW

Money from the secret fund was also used to install an alarm system for Mdluli’s wife in her Brackenfell, Cape Town, home and in the Kraaifontein homes of her cousin and father.

Hawks investigators found two vehicles purchased from the secret fund that were registered in her name. One was a Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDI and the other a BMW 330D.

“Investigations revealed that these cars had been bought and paid for in cash by the SA Police Force (SAPF) for official use by crime intelligence and not private use,” Viljoen says in his affidavit.

“It is difficult to comprehend what valid reason could be advanced for the SAPF to have registered any vehicle, let alone an undercover vehicle, in the name of a family member of a police general,” Roelofse states in his affidavit.

The family members were ­appointed at the beginning of 2010 during a recruitment drive by crime intelligence.

“Not one has experience in this field. They are currently paid out of the secret service account for which [Major General Solly] Lazarus is the CFO,” said Roelofse in his affidavit.

The affidavits claim that Mdluli and his wife had an affair long ­before they were married in February last year. He had employed her as a lieutenant colonel in April 2010.

When members complained about her appointment, he quietly removed her from her overt post and had her appointed as an agent.

Lazarus confidants

Hawks investigators couldn’t find evidence that any of Mdluli’s family members were doing ­anything significant for crime intelligence.

The Hawks’ source, in his affidavit, said that various close confidants and friends of Lazarus were also promoted or appointed to senior positions.

The crime intelligence secret fund also paid for a rented home for Lazarus and his family for more than a year in Emerald ­Estates in Greenstone, Johannesburg, while his own house was being renovated.

“After the lease period, the furniture from these premises was written off,” Roelofse states.

Lawyers acting for Mdluli and his wife said they had no comment.

Questions to Lazarus and the Hawks were not ­answered.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-15 19:23

    Roll on secrecy bill!! The government definitely don't want this type of information in the public domain. It is very bad for their image....

      Godfrey - 2012-04-15 19:35

      And with all this evidence, the investigation was stopped and he re-instated?????? Makes you wonder.

      Piet - 2012-04-15 19:50

      Seem like the NP tactics were not that bad!

      Piet - 2012-04-15 20:03

      yeah Kolobe, it is the ANC? NOT ZUMA. Private sector does not use my tax money!a

      Godfrey - 2012-04-15 20:08 the pvt sector its their money (black or white) in Govt its OUR, we the TAXPAYERS money.

      adam - 2012-04-15 20:14

      I dont think they care about their image any more, their president has about a thousand kilograms of "wife", and does not give a damn about womens rights, or the rights of the poor, or even the rights of his voters.

      Georg - 2012-04-15 20:40

      Will this open the eyes of the ANC trolls on this site and elsewhere? It doesnn't get much worse, does it?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-15 20:53

      This is what protects our nation. Run. Hide. Be scared, be very scared.

      grenville.felton - 2012-04-16 08:40

      and @ Kolobe the real reason is Zuma has no control, he is so corrupt as it is that he protects these guys so as to protect himself, Looka t his nephew taxi driver taxi owner billionare mine boss and huge tenders with China. Only was we can ride this is to ride the rot.

  • Piet - 2012-04-15 19:23

    Something drastics needs to happen in this country. The cadres are now going to far. It is time that the taxpayers revolt. It has hopefully started with the etag fiasco.

      madise.paul - 2012-04-15 19:52

      This is so wrong!

      Piet - 2012-04-15 20:04

      they got to go next election!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-15 20:27

      Please COPE or any party (other then the DA) take up this fight, earn your money as MP's.

      Pieter - 2012-04-15 21:19

      @Godfrey. Its because of comments like yours that I hope Zuma and his cronies steal every cent that you work for through acts like above. Because you would rather die in poverty than to stand with a party that can make a difference. Cope cant even stand together forming a party. How will they keep a country together afterwards. Hope you live in poverty until Jesus comes!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-15 22:52

      @Pieter, The only reason I called for other parties to stepup to the plate is, because the anc tells its members the DA only which to score political points and the truth/seriousness of the situation is lost.

  • Dave - 2012-04-15 19:24

    I shouldn't read reports like this just after eating

      infijar.ken - 2012-04-15 19:50

      Hahaha! That reminded me of Lts Chard and Bromhead chatting (in the film "Zulu"): "The Army doesn't like more than one disaster in a day." "Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfast."

      Dave - 2012-04-15 19:53

      I'm upset....

      infijar.ken - 2012-04-15 20:38

      I know, so am I. Just stating what your comment reminded me of.

      Andrew - 2012-04-16 06:30

      Dave you should be outraged at this story as I am sure most people are. Any bets on the reaction from Government? Particularly the police minister after watching the TV expose on Carte Blanche.

  • tobydt - 2012-04-15 19:28

    F***ing scumbag.

  • adam - 2012-04-15 19:29

    Just a leaf out of zumas book.

      adam - 2012-04-15 19:41

      On a serious note, this must be harming the morale of the few honest men and women that work their whole loves and dont make the rank of colonel. I have been reading the comments, and I see quite a lot of anc voters are changing their views. Every vote counts, so lets try to increase the opposition percentage. If South Africa can survive eighteen years of rape and plunder, just imagine what it would be if it was run properly. I can also see that all the different population groups do stick together when the cause is common, so come on, let us choose our government that will benefit ALL of us.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 00:29

      @adam - I don't think it's fair to say 'the few' honest men and women. There are far more honest ones than dishonest ones in my opinion.

  • Arp Liebenberg - 2012-04-15 19:34

    This is wrong! wrong! Such information make me hate the government of the day! They are ALL corrupt and must be replaced. Why can't the black masses see what is going on! Open your eyes puppets!

      psenye1 - 2012-04-15 21:51

      everything you said is fabulous fantastic, and all fancy words that you might think of....NOW where does the word PUPPETS fill in there...majority of blacks are not computer literate...let alone internet access...I think we must have a broader picture to look me you sound like impatiently expecting a 3month old to talk properly...then it makes me scared to ask you your level of education...because I might be disturbing the bees know mos...NEWS24 with race insults and vulgar words...

  • Ntombiziyabusa - 2012-04-15 19:39

    I am laughing but I really feel like crying.

      madise.paul - 2012-04-15 19:49

      Im ambarrased!

      Dave - 2012-04-15 19:54


      Squeegee - 2012-04-15 20:57

      Can you imagine an intelligence meeting: "Colonel, have you figured out how to turn on a computer yet?" "No, we are waiting for paraffin."

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:23

      You can cry out of shame to be a south african. Sorry girl.

  • Sheik - 2012-04-15 19:40

    The ANC is over run with Criminals, voters need to reflect on their choices of Leaders, Zuma and friends know how to milk the system at the expense of the people.

  • infijar.ken - 2012-04-15 19:41

    I just watched this on Carte Blanche. This is extremely disturbing. Unless the people rise up and vote the criminals at the top of the ruling party out of power, the corruption can only get worse. The tipping point is very close. The RSA could find itself being designated a rogue state, if it is not careful, loosing its influence at the UNSC.

      madise.paul - 2012-04-15 19:47

      U got a point.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:26

      Janine, there is I had been following this story. A letter he wrote in december to the president and minister too, all was denied at first.

  • madise.paul - 2012-04-15 19:44

    What the yuck is going on in this country?

      Piet - 2012-04-15 19:53

      the Thieving ANC, simple.....

  • Sello - 2012-04-15 19:46

    The Zuma administration is full of endless scandals really. There's never a quiet time.

  • Livvi - 2012-04-15 19:53

    W.....T.....F?!?!?! Talk about charity beginning at home!! The corruption is never ending with this lot. BTW mr minister.....Eish my name, she is CHARITY!!

  • Johann - 2012-04-15 19:54

    Then we ask ourselves the question why we've got a run away crime rate in this country,we've got criminals in charge of goverment and police.The former PWV area spend more money a year on private security than our annual defense budget. And if that's not a accusation of the gross incompetence of this goverment what else.the above mentioned case reported in this article a clear example.We are not fast becoming a bana republic we are one.When thieves and criminals gather you must know they are up to no good.

      Michele - 2012-04-15 20:10

      Please do not insult bananas like that . .

  • Ted - 2012-04-15 19:56

    Zim took some 23 years to become this rotten. At the start, a minister committed suicide after being fingered in a vehicle purchase scandal. Our comrades here are trying to outclass Zim at all levels. Faster and with reckless abandon. Land seizures took 23 years to happen. Malema wants it 'in our lifetime'. With the life expectancy at around 35, he is basically saying now! Which will still beat Zim! Imagine how many ghost policemen are on the payroll if these allegations are proven true.

  • Neville - 2012-04-15 20:04

    We must stop paying tax , E/Toll to fill their pockets / oil prices what next a lot of thiefs

  • mnthane - 2012-04-15 20:07

    Wooow!!!! And to think charges were droped just like that makes 1 wonder. Only if the millions who voted this clowns to power could actually see the circus from where am sitting, IT'S NOT A NICE VIEW 2 SAY THE LEAST.

  • Frans - 2012-04-15 20:09

    I'm not gonna say anything negative about this report ;-) What I WOULD like to say is, I would love to be related to this son of a saadsak. OH W..T..F#*@K!!! Sir you should be ashamed of yourself and so should your relatives who are involved in this scandalous behavior.

  • Jim - 2012-04-15 20:11

    This chronic state of affairs will continue to get worse until the electorate vote differently for another political party.....SA deserves the government it elects and right now that's the ANC, only the electorate have the power to change that, through the ballot box..

      Frans - 2012-04-15 20:19

      Joe, we all know that's never gonna happen. Look @ Zimbabwe and many other African countries. Corrupt governments are part and parcel of this continent.

  • Lotus - 2012-04-15 20:12

    Oh my word!as long as we have private elections to vote people into positions that will lead them into being voted into power,stupid crime like this will continue.everyone with at least an eye and an ear can see that this guy is corrupt!but he's roots are deep within the ruling party and noone seems to have enough power to yank him out,

  • Marius - 2012-04-15 20:17

    Both were appointed at colonel level. Of course, nothing less for his family. Corrupt f&%#ker

  • Jim - 2012-04-15 20:30

    snuffle snuffle, pigs at the trough, they are all cretins, if they had brains they would be dangerous

  • Peter - 2012-04-15 20:36

    Next thing they will close down the Hawks and replace them with the Lovebirds.

      Brad Frank - 2012-04-15 20:52

      ha ha, classic!

      Marion - 2012-04-16 00:46

      I'd prefer them to replace them with (w)ringnecks.

  • Kobus - 2012-04-15 20:39

    No wonder South Africa is considered to be amongst, or rather, the most corrupt country in the world. Hope the Governments gravy train derails sooner rather than later :(

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-15 20:43

    This is just some irritating f_cked up sh_t!

  • Xolile - 2012-04-15 20:43

    Disturbing, Disgusting, Disgraceful just name a few of Mdluli's other names.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-04-15 20:44

    Think about this how you want to but the truth of the matter is that where ever there is a black African run state/country corruption has taken over and it has destroyed it.every single one.the people are Either very rich and their pockets are lined with gold or seriously poor.the unfortunate trick to this all is that this country is on it's way down the same dirt road and it's becoming yourself a favour and watch the episode of carte Blanche that aired tonight.the proof is in the pudding.the black majority are to scared to vote for the white man in fear of apartheid coming back but it will never.this is because the white man has changed for the then black youth of south Africa,your own people are cheating you out if a better life so they may live it by means of corruption and it starts with our PRESIDENT

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 20:59

      Sick bastards hey.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-15 22:43

      Well said! I agree 100%!

  • Linda - 2012-04-15 20:47

    This is what 'keeping da money in da family' means.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-15 20:49

    Anyone want to put bet on Richard Mdluli resigning tomorrow following this exposure. Chances are you will have better luck on winning the lottery.

  • Brad Frank - 2012-04-15 20:51

    my one word reaction to this article... yoh!?

  • Herman - 2012-04-15 20:54

    With this type of openly criminality, we can just as well bring back Apartheid!

  • witness.phele - 2012-04-15 20:54

    I HAVE AN LLB AND IM UNEMPLOYED.some1 is a colonel.\r\nmy government.

      Rajendra - 2012-04-15 23:29

      You are not alone... There are hundreds like you, On top of no delivery of promises we have Nepotism, Looting and corruption, tenderpeneurship, and ever increasing taxes. Its time to rethink our support. really the time has come for us to open our eyes and ears and apply our minds and not our hearts... we are well into a democtatic South Africa... This is not on. We are being patronised for our patronage I will be 50 yrs this year. 30 years spent in the struggle and the last 20 was not any better.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 00:48

      @witness.phele - that is what makes me viciously angry. Qualified people haven't got a hope in hell of getting a job yet the crony system is alive and well in government. Hope you succeed in getting a job sooner rather than later.

  • witness.phele - 2012-04-15 20:54

    I HAVE AN LLB AND IM UNEMPLOYED.some1 is a colonel.\r\nmy government.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-15 23:39

      B-Tech Internal Auditing unemployed, you are not alone.

  • Rushaan Slamang Abrahams - 2012-04-15 20:55

    nepotism, coruption, what next!! Guess what all of this will just disappear as usual. Nobody is held accountable and it gets swept under the rug!! This freaking sucks!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-15 21:07

    Sanctions should be imposed against SA until this mess is cleaned up.

  • Vic - 2012-04-15 21:08

    We can only hope this case is pursued by the DA and re-opened. Downright criminality and corruption to say the least. Days gone by, Rank had to be earned; now it's rank for pals or lucky dip.

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-15 21:09

    Very surprised someone hasn't pulled the race card on this one. Hey, ONLY R30bn was lost to corruption last year, What are you all bitching about.

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-15 21:10

    typical, nepotism, poorly qualified (if at all) all in the drive to take as much as possible. This is as good as the book that exposed corruption in Kenya in an aptly named book 'Its our turn to eat' expect this is now bordering on plundering

  • Themba - 2012-04-15 21:14

    It does not matter whether it is taxpayers money or customers money - corruption is corruption !!!

      Jane Dawson - 2012-04-15 21:21

      @themba. I agree. What type of example does this set to youngsters? It seems the more rotten you are, the more you think people will respect you! A man in his position rules by fear!

  • Thando - 2012-04-15 21:19

    These Mdluli's r really messing up our image .....ths reads lyk some John Grisham novel......i'm so ashamed to b in association with these looters of th state. Hopefully th justice system cn deal with thm one by one.

      Rajendra - 2012-04-15 23:16

      Thando,,, they are the justice system.... so don't be to hope full. WE have a president whos corruption charges were set aside, We have a police comissioner who was convicted and cannot serve a jail term cos he is too sick. What about Shabir Shaik.... And that Ekuruleni Police Chief???????. Its really time to rethink our support.

      Den - 2012-04-16 09:10

      maby a really bad john grisham novel...

  • psenye1 - 2012-04-15 21:21

    Damn!!!!Can somebody form a party that will not have racial motives...but a party that will be fair and not biased...a party that will represent the masses...the party that will employ on the basis of your level of education...the party that is not polluted by race and where one will be proud of his skin color...not forgetting feeling secured and wanted...just that its irritating me to always hear people labelling skin color as a means of showing disapproval...tribalism, nepotism, fraud has taken it toll...these days its one after the other DAMNIT..!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-04-16 00:51

      Find me a filthy rich backer and I'll start it. Just don't expect me to be the face of the party. :-)))

  • Andrew - 2012-04-15 21:22

    This is what happens when the head of state has to pull every string not to go to jail. He surrounds himself with like minded criminals with absolutely no shame, just a smile.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 21:37

      Most of you have hit the nail on the head with your comments.Lets get rid of the rot together.

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-15 21:24

    I wish DJ Fresh would enter politics. Now there is a Dude with brains and foresight.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-15 21:51

    Excuse me while I go puke...again

  • Raj - 2012-04-15 22:08

    I am just wondering what the other countries and the father of the nation thinks about these so many corrupt ANC members. I am sure these were not the ethics Madiba fought for so many years. This is sad very very sad.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 00:53

      @Raj - and they think that by renaming streets they are honoring the struggle heroes. Those who died for freedom must be doing somersaults in their graves already.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-15 22:21

    Zuma to busy Fking his herd of cows in his multi million rand Zulu kraal , while his cronies raid public funds with impunity .

  • Raj - 2012-04-15 22:38

    Were these positions advertised? Lol, if so here is your reply if u didn't receive one: I hereby inform you that your application for the position is unsuccessful, I have already employed people that I know. So if they cannot handle the position your application will be considered.\r\n\r\nIs this BEE standards? Spy boss keeps it in the family\r\nBy: Jacques Pauw, City Press\r\nHis daughter and a family member of his wife became lieutenant colonels and his son a captain. Two in-laws were made a sergeant and a warrant officer.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-04-15 22:43

    It will never end! Rotten to the core!!!!!!

  • Raj - 2012-04-15 22:54

    The scorpions were digging up information, they were disbanded. The media was exposing information, they came up with the bill of secrecy (classified information). Now the Hawks are digging up information, I am almost certain that soon they too will become history. Whose next.....

      William Teixeira - 2012-04-16 10:02

      This is an embarasment to the men and women who have dedicated their lives in the service of our country as legitamate crime inteligance personel. We were once a country that had one of the best defens forces in the world and now were probaly the Laughing stock of the Intelegance comunity!

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-04-15 22:55

    why are we still supprised this happening. They should pay back the money they got for beign employed in their respective positions.

      Raj - 2012-04-15 23:26

      And how are they going to do that? Monies from the secret fund has already been mis-used.

  • Raj - 2012-04-15 23:35

    MMmm News 24, And our President Zuma said the country is SAFE?