Police minister accused of withholding Mdluli report

Thuli Madonsela says the office of the inspector general of intelligence refused to release Mdluli’s report.

Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko: Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Fresh allegations of political protection emerged against Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Monday, who has been accused of withholding a report into former head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli - a claim he has denied.

Mdluli has been accused of abusing crime intelligence safe houses, as well as vehicles and resources to benefit his family.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) released a letter it received from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In it, Madonsela claimed Nhleko was in possession of the findings of a probe into the former crime intelligence head, which she had referred to the office of the inspector general of intelligence.

The public protector said in her letter to the DA's Dianne Kohler-Barnard that the office of the inspector general of intelligence refused to release the Mdluli report, but instead referred her to the police minister.

Madonsela said in September last year, she requested the report from the minister, but had not received it or any other correspondence from his office.

Nhleko's spokesperson Musa Zondi said the minister has not seen this report, nor was he in possession of it and was checking to see whether he had any record of correspondence with Madonsela in this regard.

However, the DA said it would write to the Police Portfolio Committee to request that this report be tabled in Parliament.