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Mthethwa defends SAPS members

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa dismisses allegations against SAPS members.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: EWN
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Wednesday dismissed allegations levelled against some senior South African Police Service (SAPS) members.

He was speaking during his budget vote in Parliament, Cape Town.

During his speech, the minister announced that Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli will be shifted from his post.

His new position will be determined by acting National Police Commissioner General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Mthethwa said the crime intelligence boss was moved because colleagues were conspiring against him.

He said his department will appoint a task team to probe the alleged conspiracy against Mdluli.

“We shall therefore allow this process to be carried out without undue interference.”

Meanwhile, opposition parties said Mdluli’s move is not good enough.

The top cop has been embroiled in a storm of controversy over claims of phone-tapping, mismanagement, murder and fraud.

In 2011, Mdluli was suspended from the force after he was charged, but the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) provisionally withdrew the case against him.

According to a Sunday report, Mdluli wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma offering to “assist the president to succeed” if he was reinstated.

A month later, the NPA dropped charges.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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