National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele’s office says he wants greater clarity why the Public Protector wants Crime Intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli investigated. Thuli Madonsela asked Cele to investigate after Mdluli failed to act on allegations that police officers were dealing in drugs and stolen car parts.
Madonsela says while Mdluli was Gauteng deputy provincial commissioner, he ignored a complaint that police were allegedly involved in criminal activity, Eyewitness News reports. She now wants Cele to consider action against him for improper conduct. Cele’s spokeswoman Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha says the matter will be investigated.
Democratic Alliance police shadow minister Dianne Kohler Barnard in a statement says there “are really only two possible reasons that Mdluli did not take up this investigation: either he is incompetent and unable to perform a basic oversight role or he has a vested interest in the Gauteng SAPS not being investigated.”
Kohler Barnard says a complaint was made to the Gauteng police commissioner in November 2008 that members of the police were involved in criminal activities relating to drug-dealing and illegal car towing and “chopping” in the Tshwane (Pretoria) region. Mdluli was tasked with investigating the matter but, according to the Protector, he did nothing more than acknowledge receipt of the complaint without any attendant investigation. “This serious neglect of public duty is a direct indictment on Mdluli’s suitability to serve the public as required by the Police Act and raises serious questions as to his ability to serve in his current position as police intelligence chief,” Kohler Barnard says.