Zuma distances himself from Mdluli
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday distanced himself from the Richard Mdluli saga.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday distanced himself from the Richard Mdluli saga.
He was answering questions in the National Assembly in Cape Town.
The Crime Intelligence boss was suspended from his post following allegations of mismanagement and murder.
The charges were later dropped and the Presidency was accused of interfering with the case.
Recently, Mdluli was moved to another department pending an investigation against him.
He is also reportedly suffering from emotional stress.
Zuma was evasive as he referred queries on how Mdluli was reinstated to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
However, opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) were not satisfied, bombarding him with follow-up questions.
DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko demanded a commission of inquiry to investigate Mdluli and the circumstances surrounding his reinstatement.
Zuma did not answer her directly.
Instead, he told MPs to wait for the outcome of Mthethwa’s task team.
Meanwhile, acting Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi told Eyewitness News he signed the notice of suspension for Mdluli last Sunday.
He said corruption allegations were bad for the image of the police.
Mkhwanazi also promised to clean up the service.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)