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Mdluli exposed in court documents

A 24-page document reveals several incidents of interference in the Richard Mdluli investigation.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN
Richard Mdluli,Police Intelligence Boss Richard Mdluli,Oupa Ramogibe,Solly Lazarus,Cecil Burgess,Colonel Kobus Roelofse,Shadrack Sibiya
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - Freedom Under Law Director Dr Mamphele Ramphele said on Wednesday they were taking the Richard Mdluli matter to court because they believed in equality before the law.

The non-governmental organisation said it wanted the police and prosecutors to explain why corruption and fraud charges against Mdluli were dropped before he was reinstated as the Head of Crime Intelligence.

There was strong criticism of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's decision to move him from his post but not to suspend him.

Mdluli's been shifted to the operations division of the South African Police Services (SAPS) while his claims of a conspiracy against him are probed.

Ramphele said they wanted some answers, “All we’re asking in this deposition is why in this case are we not following the usual route in explaining why these charges are being dropped.”

Freedom Under Law launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday demanding the court prevent the controversial general from acting as a police officer pending a judicial review of his reappointment.

Meanwhile, details of political interference, allegations of payments to journalists and threats of intimidation were all continued in an explosive report on Wednesday which formed part of the court application to stop Richard Mdluli from acting as a policeman.

The report compiled by Colonel Kobus Roelofse addressed to the commander of the anti-corruption task team, formed part of Freedom Under Law's application in the North Gauteng High Court filed earlier this week.

The 24-page document compiled in March reveals several incidents of interference in the Mdluli investigation are detailed.

In the report, Roelofse explained how head of the Hawks in Gauteng, Major-General Shadrack Sibiya, informed him that he had been taken to task by certain police generals for allowing the investigation to continue beyond its scope.

Roelofse detailed how the chairperson of parliaments standing committee on intelligence Cecil Burgess was repeatedly approached by Mdluli's ally Major-General Solly Lazarus without his division head knowing about the visits.

Lazarus apparently attempted to convince Burgess that the Mdluli investigation compromised national security.

Roelofse also revealed how an unnamed witness claimed he had heard Lazarus discussing paying journalists to write a story to cast suspicion on those individuals perceived to be a threat.

Civil organisation Freedom Under Law launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday demanding the court prevent the controversial general from acting as a police officer pending a judicial review of his reappointment.

It also wants to stop Mthethwa from assigning any duties to Mdluli until the review is heard.

Mdluli has been at the centre of controversy after it was revealed that he was intercepting phone calls of high ranking politicians.

He is also facing a raft of allegations, including murder, corruption and nepotism, amongst others.

Most of the charges against Mdluli were withdrawn, while the murder charge became an inquest.

Mdluli, a career policeman, was station commander at Vosloorus Police Station early in his career before becoming the deputy head of Gauteng police.

To view the 24-page court document click here.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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