DA will pursue Mdluli hearing request

Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance party (DA) will continue to pursue a request for a parliamentary hearing into crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, said its spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard.

Mdluli was reinstated in March, after fraud, corruption and murder charges against him were dropped.

Mdluli was accused of defrauding crime intelligence to buy two new BMWs for himself and his wife and appointing or promoting family members to a programme within his department.

He was also accused of being involved in a decade-old love triangle murder.

The prosecutor who had been investigating Mdluli, Glynnis Breytenbach, was suspended on 30 April.

Breytenbach was the prosecutor in the fraud and corruption case against Mdluli. She is reported to have pushed for the continuation of the case which removed from the court roll in December 2011.

Kohler-Barnard said Parliament’s police portfolio committee needs to look into the Mdluli saga.

"Too many questions remain unanswered for this matter not to be thoroughly examined by Parliament. The alleged involvement of the [police] minister Nathi Mthethwa and the president [Jacob Zuma], should also call for particular concern.

She added that the committee should take this opportunity to “display its commitment to holding the SAPS to account”

This follows reports that claim police portfolio committee chairperson Sindy Chikunga, rejected the opposition party's request for a hearing.

However, Kohler-Barnard said Chikunga's decision had not yet been communicated to her in writing.