Mdluli feels squeeze
Within a day of controversial crime intelligence boss Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli being suspended, an inquiry has been launched into his conduct.
Mdluli was suspended on Saturday for a second time after he ignored a direct order from acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi to give reasons why he should not be suspended.
The order was given two weeks ago when Mkhwanazi told Mdluli of his intention to suspend him.
The suspension notice was served on Mdluli's lawyer, Ike Motloung, after Mdluli apparently went under the radar week.
The inquiry was announced yesterday.
Serious allegations against Mdluli, with "grave" consequences, emerged from an inquest into the murder of the husband of Mdluli's former lover.
The internal inquiry is one of four investigations into Mdluli's conduct; the others are being made by the inspector-general of intelligence, the National Prosecuting Authority and the police.
One of the allegations being investigated is that several top policemen conspired to prevent Mdluli from becoming national police commissioner and to remove him from the police.
Mdluli included these allegations in a letter to President Jacob Zuma in which he promised to help Zuma in his re-election campaign.
In the past two months Mdluli has narrowly escaped criminal prosecution for abuse of state resources, murder, defeating the ends of justice, and fraud and corruption.
Police spokesman Brigadier Lindela Mashigo confirmed the internal inquiry.
"It stems from serious allegations which recently emerged from the inquest," he said.
Mashigo declined to elaborate.
"All I can say is that they [the allegations] have grave consequences."
Mashigo said the summary suspension notice was served on Mdluli's lawyer after Mdluli disappeared.
"The suspension was enforced because, after receiving the type of information he did from the inquest, the national commissioner could not sit back and close his eyes and ears."
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the inquest was being heard in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.
"The police have declined Mdluli's request for financial assistance," said Mashigo.
Asked if Mdluli had deliberately ignored the order, Mashigo said: "You can put it that way. The national commissioner was left with no choice but to sign the suspension notice.
"The national commissioner has responsibilities and he is exercising them.
"These include the reorganisation of the crime intelligence division to deal with maladministration."
Jay Govender, legal adviser to the inspector-general of intelligence, commenting on the inspector-general's investigation, said: "The investigation is under way. Due to its wide terms of reference it is difficult to estimate its completion date. Once finalised, a report will follow containing findings and recommendations which will be submitted to the minister of police and to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence."