WATCH: SAPS finally axes Richard Mdluli

File: Suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court in June 2011. He is accused of the 1999 murder of an ex-girlfriend's husband. Video: eNCA

PRETORIA – Long-suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been relieved off his duties from the South African Police Service.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday.



Mdluli had been suspended from the police since March 2011.

He and former policeman Mthembeni Mthunzi are accused of kidnapping and killing the husband of Mdluli's ex-girlfriend in 1999.


While he has been on suspension for nearly seven years, Mdluli has continued to earn a full salary, with benefits.

Mbalula said of Mdluli’s axing: "This enables us to move to the next chapter and instil stability and vision at crime intelligence.” 

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Mbalula said he had instructed national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khehla Sitole to appoint Mdluli’s successor without further delay.

The absence of a permanent crime intelligence head had created a lack of accountability, he said.

“It is in the interests of South Africa that we have a crime intelligence body that has leadership and can function.

“If we say we have a crime intelligence-led approach, it means that crime intelligence must have a head and a person who can function.

“I have nothing against Mdluli, but there are issues that he faced that have brought litigation to a standstill and the state and the people of South Africa were not beneficiaries.”

Sithole said Mdluli was persuaded to leave his position because he was close to retirement.





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