After Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula announced the dismissal of Head of Crime and Intelligence Richard Mdluli on Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is concerned of the benefits Mdluli is to receive as a result of his removal from office.
On Wednesday the Minister announced that Mdluli has been fired with immediate effect after he has been on a long seven-year suspension and that the decision made was a mutual agreement.
The national Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sithole confirmed that Mdluli was granted early termination of service and is therefore entitled to the usual benefits associated with; which the DA finds unacceptable.
The DA said it is unfair that Mdluli has already received R8.3 million over the past 7 years for sitting at home and contributing nothing to the fight against crime in South Africa.
“The Minister must fully inform the public of the exact financial benefits that will accrue to Mdluli; the DA believes that the public has a right to know these details.”
The DA said they believe that if Mdluli’s disciplinary proceedings had not been delayed he would have not been entitled to the benefits that Mbalula has agreed to give him.
“It is totally unacceptable that people who are ill-equipped and compromised to fight crime receive such benefits while our people continue to live under siege because of the high levels of crime in their communities,” the DA said in a statement.
South Africans deserve to live in a safe and crime-free society and this can only be ensured by dedicated police who are committed to fighting crime and upholding the rule of law.
Parliament’s police portfolio committee is calling for the process of appointing the new head of South African Police Services (SAPS) Crime Intelligence to get away immediately.