The Democratic Alliance (DA) said that the decision to re-deploy Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli is not enough since available evidence suggests he is not fit to serve in any part of the police service or criminal justice system.
While announcing his joint decision with Acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that Mdluli will be shifted from being crime intelligence head to a position to be determined by the Acting National Police Commissioner (It was later announced he will be working under the chief national commissioner of operations). The Times newspaper reported that the decision was instigated by threats by some within police crime intelligence who want to resign.
Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA parliamentary leader, said that the decision is enough to allay concerns about Mdluli’s suitability to hold any senior position in the South African Police Service. “[The DA has] called on President Jacob Zuma to re-suspend Mdluli with immediate effect”.
Mazibuko believes that the allegations against Mdluli remain serious. “This ‘shifting’ of Mdluli to another part of the SAPS does not address these problems,” she said.
Mthethwa said that “the police ministry resisted the temptation and we shall stick to our principles of respect for all legal processes of the land”.