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Mamphela Ramphele leads bid to interdict police minister

By unknown | May 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 97 ]

NON-PROFIT organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) has applied for an urgent interdict to prevent former crime intelligence boss Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli from serving in the police service.

FUL also applied for an interdict against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, preventing him from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review into his reinstatement could be heard.

The case will be heard by the Pretoria High Court on June 5.

Anti-apartheid activist and FUL member Mamphela Ramphele said in the organisation's founding affidavit that former police commissioners Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele were suspended by Mthethwa for "less serious criminal charges" than Mdluli's.

"The way ... Mdluli had been dealt with by the respondents reflects an extraordinary degree of a lack of accountability and a breach of a culture of justification," said Ramphele.

She said Mdluli's letter, which plotted out a conspiracy against him, had generated mistrust and instability in the South African Police Service.

The letter, written by Mdluli in November, was addressed to President Jacob Zuma, Mthethwa and acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

In it, Mdluli reportedly wrote that Cele, Hawks head Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat, operational services head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya and Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros were ganging up against him.

Ramphele said the task team, appointed by Mthethwa to investigate the allegations in the letter, would not resolve "the problem" caused by Mdluli's reinstatement.

"By his conduct, the minister accepted that there was a need to act, but has not initiated suspension proceedings, or any other measure which would remove ... Mdluli from active daily service in SAPS," she said.

On May 9, Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be shifted from his position to another division.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members.

He also faced a murder charge for the alleged murder of the boyfriend of his former girlfriend.

Both sets of charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.

The murder investigation became an inquest. - Sapa


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Charges don't stick to Mdluli, he's teflon

May 16, 2012 9:15 | 0 replies

You can not fight the mafia and win.
That is the most sensible comment I read this morning. Just like DA yesterday, they can't fight the mafias and win.

May 16, 2012 10:1 | 0 replies

I think this guy has knows something big about JZ. The way he is being protected, he has something big on him.... watch the space..

May 16, 2012 10:4 | 0 replies


May 16, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies

@7000000 you must be careful because you'll render everyone, who support President JZ for a second term, as idiots ( for the lack of the better word) like you. FUL have a point here, we have to keep our leadership in check and accountable we cannot allow such inconsistence to carryon, Mdluli must also be suspended period.

May 16, 2012 10:39 | 0 replies


Comrade stop embarrassing yourself. Mamphela has the right
exercise her right and protect democracy. This are the values that
the likes of Mandela, OR Tambo, Albert Lithuli fought for.
She has a point, shifting him won’t solve the issue at hand. If
the so called Spy is clean, let him clear his name first, B4 anything
else. Currently Mdluli is a threat to our society and democracy.
You are just one of those IFP Agents, trabalist and stupid.

May 16, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

@7000000, You are playing the person here and not the ball and it is just not fair. You are just being pathetic, personal and hateful. Maphele never said that She was the only academic or intellectual in the country. She is simply doing her job as a leader in Civil Society and making sure that the government is held accountable in the decisions that are being made as they have a tendency to reflect the whole country in a negative light before the international community. So please stop this blatant and unwarranted attacks on this Wonderful Lady who has done so much for our Country and still contributes to the development of this land. And in case your memory has failed you She used to be Chancellor of UCT and has many accolades and awards under her belt and widely respected.

May 16, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

Rockwell, well said!

May 16, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

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This 7000whatever is a Johny-come-late on this blog. Please don't gloryfy this intellectually bankrupt m0r0n anyfurther. He doesn't know the credentials of this globally acknowledged human rights activist; academic; intellectual and a role model. This m0r0n must go to google and search for a biography of Dr Ramphela. nxa sies!!!!!

May 16, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies


May 16, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

When Thabo Mbeki was removed as president i hoped that our country will move in the right direction. Though I was very sceptical of JAcob Zuma making a good president I was willing to give the man a benefit of the doubt. Now everybody can see that Zuma is messing up things big time. He will go down in history as the most useless president our country ever had. The man has never done anything worth mentioning since he became pres except to keep himself busy marrying new wives. I hope the ANC will in future make sure that a clown like Zuma, with his standard 3 education, is never allowed anywhere near the instruments of power. No second term for this man.

May 16, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies