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ACDP: Statement by Steve Swart, African Christian Democratic Party MP, on the suspension of Mdluli (28/05/2012)

28th May 2012


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ACDP MP and spokesperson on justice matters, Steve Swart, has welcomed the suspension of former crime intelligence head, Lt. Gen Richard Mdluli
· Expresses concern about criminal justice sector following various suspensions

“The ACDP welcomes the re-suspension of former crime intelligence head, Lt. Gen Richard Mdluli, pending the outcome of an investigation into his alleged involvement in a murder ten years ago. The question arises as to why Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, allegedly ensured that Mdluli’s previous suspension was lifted, particularly when further allegations relating to the abuse of a R300 million slush fund came to light. Instead, Mdluli was moved sideways, and it was only after a court application was launched by Freedom Under Law that moves to again suspend Mdluli were initiated. This is a cause of great concern.

The ACDP is also extremely concerned about the state of the criminal justice sector given that suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele now faces a damning report against him that should lead to his dismissal, and national director of public prosecutions, adv Menzi Simelane is on special leave. The fitness of both men to hold office has been brought into question.

It also illustrates the danger of making political appointments to high-ranking prosecutorial and police posts. Such high-ranking officials are there to serve and protect the citizens and not the political whims or presidential ambitions of any person.”

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