Richard Mdluli relieved of duties at Crime Intelligence

Fikile Mbalula says this will allow for the permanent appointment of a Crime Intelligence divisional commissioner.

FILE: Richard Mdluli in 2011. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that Richard Mdluli has been relieved of his duties at Crime Intelligence - which has paved the way to appoint a new permanent head of the unit.

Mbalula is providing a briefing in Pretoria where he confirmed the process to appoint a new head of the Hawks has started.

The minister also says former head of the unit Berning Ntlemeza has officially resigned.

Mbalula says Mdluli's departure will bring stability to the unit.

"In the past five years Crime Intelligence has seen 12 acting divisional commissioners. In this regard I wish to announce that lieutenant general Richard Mdluli, who held the position of divisional commissioner, albeit under a long suspension, with mutual agreement, will be relieved of his duties with immediate effect," says Mbalula.