Mdluli spoke in wheel of appointing Crime chief

Suspended SAPS National Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: GCIS

There will be no permanent appointment to head up the beleaguered Crime Intelligence division – until the matter of the suspended head, Richard Mdluli, is dealt with.

“We have to wait for the entire legal process to run its course,” police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale told the Saturday Citizen yesterday.

Mdluli faces charges of money laundering and murder as well as internal disciplinary proceedings.

The statement by Makgale follows on the announcement by National Commissioner General Riah Phiyega that Crime Intelligence and Protection and Security Services would from now on be run as separate units.

Crime Intelligence is currently headed by Acting Divisional Commissioner Major-General Bongiwe Zulu, while Protection and Security Services is headed by Acting Divisional Commissioner Major General Sello Kwena.

The police spokesperson would not be drawn out on a suggestion that Crime Intelligence was being put on a tighter leash in the light of the most recent shenanigans by some of its members making headlines around the country.

Three officers were recently arrested in connection with notorious fugitive Radovan Krejcir, who is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges.

“In order to build capacity, particularly in the Crime Intelligence environment, various posts have been advertised with a view of injecting more skills and leadership stability into this environment.

“The posts advertised are for provincial heads and various others [posts],” said Phiyega in a statement.

Makgale added that the National Commissioner believed the appointment of permanent heads at provincial level would go a long way towards bringing stability to the SAPS.

Mdluli was appointed Divisional Commission of Crime Intelligence head in July 2009, and is commonly thought of as President Jacob Zuma’s man. In December the North Gauteng High Court ruled that he may appeal against a ruling that charges against him must be reinstated.

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