Mdluli moved to operations unit

Richard Mdluli was shifted to operations from his position as head of Crime Intelligence.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial policeman Richard Mdluli has been moved to the operations division of the South African Police Services (SAPS), while acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will assume control of the intelligence and VIP units which Mdluli has been heading.

On Wednesday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Mdluli would be shifted from his position as head of Crime Intelligence, while an investigation into claims of a conspiracy against him were being investigated.

Mdluli will now be working under the deputy national commissioner in charge of operations.

Intelligence officials will report directly to Mkhwanazi, which means the acting chief will be seizing control of VIP protection which safeguards Cabinet ministers.

State law adviser Enver Daniels has also been tasked with investigating the claims of a conspiracy against Mdluli.

Inspector General of Intelligence Faith Radebe is also still probing allegations against Mdluli, while the Hawks are running a parallel probe.

Mdluli has been mired in a swirl of controversy amid claims of murder, fraud, nepotism and political conspiracies.

He was suspended last year while facing murder and fraud charges is separate cases. He was reinstated in March after both cases were withdrawn.

Mthethwa has ensured he has been seen to be acting in response to mounting public and political pressure. But several political parties, including the Democratic Alliance, have criticised the the minister, saying he has taken action too late, and that Mdluli should have been suspended and not simply moved to a similar position in a different unit.