JOHANNESBURG - Civic organisation Freedom Under Law said on Tuesday it would fully cooperate with the Public Protector as she conducted her preliminary investigation into allegations of abuse of power against Richard Mdluli.
Thuli Madonsela announced she would look into the complaint lodged by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale after Mdluli compiled a report in which he claimed Sexwale was part of a plot to oust President Jacob Zuma.
Madonsela said that as part of her preliminary investigation, she will be speaking to Freedom Under Law, and the inspector general of intelligence, Faith Radebe.
Freedom Under Law's Jeremy Gauntlett said that while he was surprised that Madonsela had chosen to get involved now, the organisation confirmed its complete cooperation.
“Of course anything which might lead to ensuring that the truth comes out, is very welcome.”
He also said that the decision to suspend Mdluli has no impact on Freedom Under Law’s application to the High Court in Pretoria to prevent the controversial policeman from carrying out his duties.
A 24-page document compiled in March by Colonel Kobus Roelofse about the investigation into Mdluli revealed several incidents of interference in the investigation.
The report compiled by Roelofse was addressed to the commander of the anti-corruption task team and formed part of Freedom Under Law's application in the North Gauteng High Court.
Roelofse revealed how an unnamed witness claimed he had heard Mdluli's ally, Major General Solly Lazarus, discussing paying journalists to write a story to cast suspicion on those individuals perceived to be a threat.
Roelofse also detailed how the chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on Intelligence, Cecil Burgess, was repeatedly approached by Lazarus without his division head knowing about the visits.
Lazarus apparently attempted to convince Burgess that the Mdluli investigation compromised national security.
Roelofse detailed 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.
In 2011, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of the crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the recruitment of family members.
Mdluli also faced a charge for the alleged murder of his former girlfriend's husband.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)