No political protection for Mdluli

Unsupported claims against his bosses, hint that Richard Mdluli has lost his political protection.

Controversial police officer Richard Mdluli.

JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into claims of a conspiracy against controversial former head of Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli has found there was no evidence to prove his allegations.

The task team headed by Chief State Law Adviser Enver Daniels cleared four senior generals - former National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele, head of the Hawks Anwar Dramat, operational services head Godfrey Lebeya and Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Mzwandile Petros - that Mdluli had implicated in the plot.

Mdluli is currently on suspension.

In June, the controversial police officer was slapped with an order by the High Court in Pretoria barring him from serving as a police officer.

Last week, the Labour Court in Johannesburg stayed his application to have his suspension overturned and then on Monday his internal disciplinary hearing was indefinitely postponed.

With unsubstantiated claims against his former boss and peers, the controversial cop appears to have lost the political protection he had been accused of enjoying.

Mdluli was initially suspended on charges of fraud and corruption and also faced a charge of the murder 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However, Mdluli was reinstated after the charges were all later withdrawn.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.