Mdluli suffers major blow

Richard Mdluli’s plans to implicate senior generals in a conspiracy against him has failed.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial policeman Richard Mdluli suffered a blow on Thursday after a task team set up to investigate his claims of a conspiracy against him found no evidence to support his allegations.

The task team, headed by chief state law adviser Enver Daniels, cleared four senior generals that Mdluli had implicated in the plot.

Mdluli is currently on suspension.

The task team found that there is no evidence of a conspiracy involving former commissioner General Bheki Cele, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, operational services head Godfrey Lebeya and Gauteng top cop Mzwandile Petros.

It also found that the source which gave Mdluli the information could not corroborate the claims.

Police Ministy spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the team also established that the generals had acted professionally, in good faith and with due regard for the sensitivity of the matter.

"The task team cleared the generals because no evidence whatsoever was found in relation to the conspiracy he alleged they had against him."

Mnisi said it was up to the senior generals to consider legal action, but the ministry considered the matter closed.


Mdluli was initially suspended on charges of fraud and corruption.

He also faced a charge of murder relating to the death of his ex-girlfriend's husband, Oupa Ramogibe.

However, Mdluli was reinstated after the charges were all later withdrawn.

He was then shifted to another position by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa before being suspended for a second time.

The Labour Court in Johannesburg lifted the suspension on 1 June, but less than a day later the decision was overturned by the same court.

In June, the North Gauteng High Court granted freedom under law (FUL) an order that prevents Mdluli from executing any duties as a police officer.

Mdluli failed to convince the Labour Court to resume his duties.

He now has to wait for a high court to finalise his application to overturn his suspension before returning to work.