'Richard Mdluli gets away scot-free despite evidence against him'

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says a decision to relieve suspended crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli of his duties months before his retirement is bittersweet.

On Wednesday, Police Minsiter Fikile Mbalula confirmed the process to appoint a new head of the Hawks has started.

Mdluli will be pensioned off after having already earned over R8 million while sitting at home on suspension for seven years. This while standing trial for intimidation, kidnapping, assault and murder in 1998.

Head of Governance at Institute for Security Studies, Gareth Newham says there has been more than enough evidence gathered against Mdluli over the years.

He gets away scot-free with his full pension and benefits that he would receive as a full lieutenant-general of the South African Police service despite the fact that he was on suspension for the last seven years because a court has found that there was a mountain of evidence implicating him in a raft of crimes.

Gareth Newham, Head of Governance at Institute for Security Studies

There was more than enough evidence to fire him many years ago so all that has really happened is the message has gone out that if you are able to get dirt on powerful politicians you may just be able to get away with it and end your career without losing your benefits.

Gareth Newham, Head of Governance at Institute for Security Studies

His criminal trial related to the murder of Oupa Ramogibe starts again next month. We will have to await the outcome of that judgment. He may still have to face criminal trial related to the massive fraud and corruption that he allegedly committed as head of crime intelligence.

Gareth Newham, Head of Governance at Institute for Security Studies

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