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Police boss shoots down safety fears

By Thabo Mokone | Apr 18, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

MEMBERS of Parliament are so concerned about the safety of police investigating reinstated crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli that they have asked acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi about their safety.

Yesterday, in response to a barrage of questions from the police portfolio committee, Mkhwanazi said there was no need to provide extra security for the detectives because they had guns to defend themselves.

These are the police probing murder and fraud charges against Mdluli, who was placed back into his position last month after a lengthy suspension - even though a murder inquest against him was still pending.

Mdluli, Lieutenant-Colonel Omhle Mtunzi, Samuel Dlomo and Colonel Nkosana Ximba were last year arrested and charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said Mdluli's return was likely to have scared witnesses from testifying against him and could also put the lives of detectives who were tasked with investigating the case at risk.

But Mkhwanazi said the police's capacity to protect citizens would be severely hampered if they were expected to provide security to thousands of their detectives.

"If indeed we are going to provide protection to every officer, there will be less police protecting citizens," said Mkhwanazi, adding that the Mdluli detectives were allowed to go home in possession of their service pistols as a security measure.

"There are mechanisms that we do deploy in [certain] instances to try and protect our members. But the protection is limited, it cannot be like [that of] a minister where you have protection 24 hours."

Mkhwanazi also defended the deployment of several members of the now disbanded Durban organised crime unit, which operated from Cato Manor, to the elite crime fighting unit the Hawks.

The MPs blasted the redeployment of the Cato Manor team to the Hawks, saying it could compromise the specialised crime unit.

But Mkhwanazi said they had not been found guilty of wrongdoing by any disciplinary structure of the South African Police Service.

"For now they are still employees of SAPS," he said.

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He did not come across very well at all. Not a great confidence boost.

Apr 18, 2012 7:50 | 0 replies

He is one of them

Apr 18, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

Mkhwanazi is the member of a Task Force and he holds the ranks of Instructor of the Task Force, rest assured Mdluli is small water under the bridge and he is not gonna win in his alleges. He is damn right, why must they be offered extra security hence they have their firearms to fight and defend them selves?. Watch the space chief. Not every ones qualifies to be the Task Force, its very hard training not police training at Pretoria College.

Apr 18, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

Oh Memme ,so its true we have no credible leaders left,OMG,ANC CRIMINALS,lets vote them out plz,its not too late

Apr 18, 2012 10:9 | 0 replies

@Memme
Yes, show me anyone who is perfect in our gorvenment.

And why is that?

What is happening in this Mduli case is scary!
It reminds me of the Mafia which ruled America with impunity and had the cops on their payroll. After seeing Carte Blanche on Sunday, and reading all the evidence in the newspaper, I don't think I am exaggerating either!

Apr 18, 2012 10:8 | 0 replies

Nhlanhla Mkwanazi is one useless human being.

Apr 18, 2012 9:51 | 0 replies

Mkhwanazi can speak... I thought he was mute & deaf.

Apr 18, 2012 9:2 | 0 replies

" Mdluli detectives were allowed to go home in possession of their service pistols as a security measure."
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mara they always do mos,ai mxm.

Apr 18, 2012 9:2 | 0 replies

This cop is mad. Who said the deployment is a safety measure. You will be easily traced to your new station or province.

Apr 18, 2012 8:52 | 0 replies

Memme - "show me anyone who is perfect in our gorvenment."

That is the problem.

Apr 18, 2012 8:48 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
Yes, show me anyone who is perfect in our gorvenment.

Apr 18, 2012 8:45 | 0 replies