JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkwanazi on Monday said his attempts to clean up the Crime Intelligence unit appear to be working.
The top cop confirmed he signed controversial policeman Richard Mdluli’s notice of suspension.
Mkhwanazi admitted to facing challenges during Mdluli's reinstatement earlier this year.
The Crime Intelligence boss returned to work after murder, fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority.
In a wide-ranging interview, Mkhwanazi responded to claims that Crime Intelligence officials were illegally intercepting phone calls.
He said he started cleaning up the unit in 2011, but he admitted that he had taken his eye off the ball.
“Unfortunately I was not focused [enough] to make sure everything was dealt with swiftly, but I have taken charge again.”
Mkhwanazi confirmed that he signed a notice of suspension for Mdluli.
"I have not spoken to the deputy national commissioner to check if and when it [the suspension papers] was served."
Mkhwanazi said recent reports about the police were concerning and that perceptions needed to change.
“We have to deal with our own. We have to take those responsible to court and we will do that.”
He wants to restore public faith in the police force.
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)