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Mdluli saga not my job - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said it was not his job to deal with the Richard Mdluli saga.

President Jacob Zuma speaks at The New Age business breakfast. Picture: GCIS
Jacob Zuma,Richard Mdluli,Nathi Mthethwa,Police Intelligence Boss Richard Mdluli,Jacob Zumas government,Acting Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi
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CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said it was not his job to deal with former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

The president came under fire for referring questions about Mdluli’s reinstatement to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.  

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was not convinced that dealing with Mdluli was a police function.

"Mr. Speaker [Max Sisulu], if I hear the president correctly, he is saying it's not his fault. It’s not his responsibility, but he is the president."

But Zuma disagreed with Mazibuko saying he would not interfere while the Mdluli saga was being investigated.

"You are now calling on the president to jump the minister, jump the commissioner and go and deal with operational matters. It cannot be right."

Zuma also told Parliamentarians to wait for the outcome of a task team and the inspector general of intelligence, before demanding presidential intervention.

Mdluli was first appointed to Crime Intelligence back in 2009.

In 2011, he was suspended from his position following allegations of his involvement in a murder case dating back a decade.

He allegedly ordered for Oupa Ramogibe to be murdered.

The Hawks are also investigating Mdluli for alleged mismanagement of funds.

The top cop was reinstated after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped all charges against him.

Zuma was accused of interfering in the case.

According to a newspaper report, Mdluli allegedly wrote to the president promising to help him with his re-election bid in Mangaung.

Mdluli denies all the charges saying he has never used a gun.

Earlier in May, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be moved to another department pending the investigation against him.

Mdluli has been with the police force for 32 years.

Last week, it emerged that he was booked off as a result of emotional stress.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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