Crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been removed from his position announced Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in Parliament on Wednesday.
However, Mdluli who was controversially reinstated as crime intelligence boss in March after murder and fraud charges against him were questionably withdrawn, will not be suspended but rather moved to another division within the SAPS for the time being, Parliament heard.
Acting National Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will determine which division he is moved to.
The announcement comes a month after his reinstatement caused a public outcry.
Last year, Mdluli was suspended after he was charged with fraud and corruption, and the murder of Oupa Ramogibe – the man who married his former lover.
But the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) provisionally withdrew the charges against him. Mdluli was then reinstated as head of crime intelligence.
Mthethwa also announced that a task team will be formed to investigate claims by Mdluli that he is a victim of a political conspiracy.
“They are so serious as to suggest the meddling of policing functions in politics. To this end, Mdluli has been informed of the decision and has pledged his support to the process,” said Mthethwa.
“We shall therefore allow and observe this process to be carried thorough without any undue interference,” he added.