'Mdluli saga limited by labour laws'

SAPS Commissioner says labour laws prevent him from acting against Mdluli.

Shifted Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Labour law prevents controversial policeman Richard Mdluli from being suspended a second time, National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi's claimed on Thursday.

These are claims are being questioned.

Mkhwanazi's comments followed Wednesday's surprise announcement in Parliament that Mdluli was being shifted from the Crime Intelligence unit.

Allegations of murder and corruption continue to swirl around Mdluli.

There are also questions about his political connections and possible protection.

In an earlier interview with SAFM, Mkhwanazi said they were working within the labour law when deciding to move Mdluli.

The decision was immediately met with calls for Mdluli to be suspended, with the commissioner being accused of playing musical chairs.

Labour law expert Andrew Levy said an employer can act against an employee if new allegations or evidence of his wrongdoing emerged.

"There is absolutely nothing in labour laws that prevent an employee being suspended once, twice, or even three times."

Levy said this included the police.

Mkhwanazi said investigations continue into the Mdluli saga.

He said they are doing everything they can to make sure it does not affect regular police work.