Can we blame you now, President Zuma?

By Gareth Newham, division head for governance, crime and justice, ISS Pretoria First published in the Sowetan While speaking to local government officials recently, South African President Jacob Zuma jokingly said: "Anything that goes wrong in the country it’s 'that Zuma'. I’m sure even if a person falls from a chair, [they’d say] 'this bloody Zuma Read more >

Charges reinstated against Mdluli, Barnard

Corruption Watch has followed the Richard Mdluli case almost since the day the organisation launched. For years Mdluli, the former head of police crime intelligence, has evaded justice relating to charges of, among others, murder, attempted murder, assault and corruption. In March 2011 he was charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, kidnapping, assault, grievous bodily Read more >

Mdluli fraud charges finally stick

In April we reported on the continuing efforts of Richard Mdluli, former head of the police crime intelligence division, to fight off prosecution on a range of charges – murder and intimidation, money-laundering and fraud – relating to various incidents that happened during his controversial career. These incidents include the shooting in 1999 of Oupa Ramogibe, Read more >

Victory for SAPS whistleblower

Source: SAPA The labour court in Johannesburg has ordered the police to redeploy Colonel Kobus Roos to a similar position in the crime intelligence unit and to compensate him in an unfair labour practice case. “The respondents [SA Police Service] are obliged to give preference to Roos in any application for appointment or promotion in Read more >

Mdluli still on the hook

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that corruption and fraud charges against Richard Mdluli, the former head of the police crime intelligence division, must proceed. Mdluli's reinstatement to that position, after being suspended, was also overturned. On 17 April Judge Fritz Brand, with judges Kenneth Mthiyane, Mahomed Navsa, Visvanathan Ponnan and Mandisa Maya concurring, Read more >

Mdluli not above the law, says court

Former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli will still have his day in court, if Judge John Murphy’s new judgements are carried out. In the Pretoria High Court on Monday, Murphy’s written judgement ruled that various criminal charges against Mdluli, which had been withdrawn, must be reinstated by the national director of public prosecutions and Read more >

Mdluli case: SJC, CW withdraw application to avoid delaying litigation

Social Justice Coalition (SJC) & Corruption Watch (CW) have formally withdrawn their application to intervene in the matter brought by Freedom Under Law (FUL) against General Richard Mdluli and others. FUL’s application aims to review and set aside the decisions taken to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against Mdluli, including the withdrawal of corruption charges. Read more >

Police’s graft tolerance feeds ‘code of silence’

By Chantelle Benjamin A new study has found a direct link between South African Police Service (SAPS) members’ willingness to report on law-breaking colleagues and the extent to which the guilty parties believe their colleagues will keep silent, as well as whether they believe action will be taken against the lawbreaker. Considering that a previous Read more >

Richard Mdluli: a comprehensive timeline

Can’t get your head around the convoluted saga of suspended police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli? Let’s start from the very beginning … 2012 26 June 2012 – New national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega appoints Major General Chris Ngcobo as acting head of Crime Intelligence and Protection and Security Services. 17 June 2012 – Read more >