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Mdluli saga not a security concern - Cwele

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said the Richard Mdluli saga was not a national security concern.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday said the Richard Mdluli saga was not a national security concern.

Cwele was briefing journalists on his budget vote.

Mdluli was shifted from his position as Police Crime Intelligence head on Wednesday.

Cwele said he was consulted before Mdluli was shifted to another department.

Cwele would not directly address the allegations against the crime intelligence head saying the inspector-general should be given space to complete her probe.

“We will assess the situation after we’ve received information from those reports. We will then determine whether this matter becomes a national security concern on not.”

The minister said he remained squarely opposed to the politicising of intelligence matters.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa made it clear that Mdluli’s removal had nothing to do with the murder and mismanagement of funds allegations against him.

Mdluli allegedly ordered for seven of his relatives to be employed into the crime intelligence unit and given luxury cars.

On Sunday, the City Press reported that Mdluli had written to President Jacob Zuma offering to “assist the president to succeed next year” following his suspension in 2011.

A month later, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped all the charges against him and he was reinstated.

The Presidency has maintained it never interfered with the case.

Mthethwa said Mdluli was being moved to another department following his complaints that he was being targeted in crime intelligence.

On Wednesday, the Institute for Security Studies warned that the Mdluli saga was affecting the South African Police Service morale.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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