In case anyone missed the joke, "Beertalk" is an anagram of "Altbeker," the name of the author who wrote the first book on Inge's murder. Quite an appropriate anagram, I might add. Several of my South African friends prefer to use that term privately in emails when referring to him.African wrote:A for Altbeker
or perhaps B for Beertalk?
Let me speak of things about which I have personal knowledge. I do not object to the overall picture that Mr. Altbeker painted of me in his book. I tend toward outspokeness, brashness, arrogance, and irascibility. I am also quite proud of my Texas and Southwestern US roots, both in mannerisms and dress. However, Brandon, if you are going to take Mr. Altbeker's "details" as gospel, let me endeavor to dissuade you from that inclination. Mr. Altbeker was not accurate in many of his details regarding me and embellished them shamelessly and needlessly in order to enhance the impressions and atmosphere he was trying to create. For example, he refers to me wearing a set of gold cuff links with my grandaughters' fingerprints emblazened in them. Let me state now for the record (and I would gladly do so under oath if anybody would like to swear me in) that I have NEVER owned a set of cufflinks with my grandaughters fingerprints on them, nor do I own a single pair of gold cufflinks, nor do I wear French cuffs in the first place. Second, he referred to other western styles I wear. While it is true that I normally wear cowboy boots and a silver belt buckle in Texas or the US Southwest, before I went to South Africa I changed to a normal belt buckle and took only my traditional black dress shoes to that country. I carefully avoided any dress or accessories that would have been distracting when I was on the witness stand or in various interviews in which I engaged while in South Africa. Mr. Altbeker would have been welcome to call me a braggart, characterise me as egotistical, or have used any number of other unflattering terms that might be arguably put forth by some as true. But to make up blatant lies about gold cufflinks and how I dressed when none of those details were true, and moreso were unnecessary for his narrative, makes me highly skeptical of all of the details in his book.brandondee wrote:I've decided to start from scratch, referencing Antony's account which is detail and thorough to the news paper reports . . .
I am saying that it was sensationalized and the specific details he presents especially should be taken with a heavy grain of salt. If he spoke so falsely of simple details regarding me, how much faith can I have that all of the rest of his book was accurate in other details? And if the minor details were embellished, what degree of accuracy can we implicitly give to his conclusions?
DA to pursue new Mdluli allegations
Weekend papers carry various details of the effect of police intelligence chief Richard Mdluli’s reinstatement, with one claiming that even state ministers are wary of his influence.
ERNEST MABUZA and WYNDHAM HARTLEY
Published: 2012/05/07 07:23:50 AM
FRESH allegations surrounding the status of police intelligence chief Richard Mdluli yesterday prompted the Democratic Alliance (DA) to restate its resolve to pursue a request for parliamentary scrutiny of the issue.
Weekend papers carried various details of the effect of Lt-Gen Mdluli’s reinstatement, with one claiming that even state ministers were wary of his influence.
On Friday, the Cabinet said it had not yet discussed Lt-Gen Mdluli but raised concern over the prevailing situation.
Lt-Gen Mdluli is accused of misusing slush funds, hiring relatives, along with seeking to increase his influence with the South African Police Service.
The reported statement by the chairwoman of Parliament’s police committee, Sindi Chikunga, that her committee could not probe the fraud and corruption charges levelled at Lt-Gen Mdluli because "it is not a court of law", drew a furious response from DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard yesterday.
Lt-Gen Mdluli was reinstated to his post as the head of Crime Intelligence in March after corruption charges relating to the looting of the police’s secret service account were dropped. He was also facing murder charges but these were changed to an inquest inquiry, ostensibly due to a lack of evidence. He was reported in yesterday’s press as insisting that this was part of a smear campaign against him.
Ms Barnard said "the DA will continue to pursue its request for subjecting the ongoing saga regarding Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli to proper parliamentary scrutiny. The necessity of such hearings is compounded by revelations of a second secret service slush fund and a reported ‘pledge’ by Mr Mdluli to assist President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa . The DA does not accept the police portfolio committee chairperson Sindy Chikunga’s unilateral rejection of our request for a special parliamentary hearing as reported in the media."
In a separate development that may point to infighting or political interference within the security establishment, the General Council of the Bar said on Friday, following a spate of thefts from and harassment of advocates, that these attacks on advocates struck at the heart of the rule of law.
The council said the perpetrators appeared not to be ordinary criminals because they stole laptops and information, leaving other valuables untouched.
In the past few weeks, a number of advocates involved in high-profile cases involving the minister of police, or police in his department, and in one case an advocate who represented former African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema, were attacked.
Glynnis Breytenbach, the prosecutor who headed the fraud and corruption case against Lt-Gen Mdluli, had her vehicle shot at last month. Also last month, robbers pounced on the offices of two advocates working on the Fred van der Vyver civil case against the minister of police. Mr van der Vyver, who was acquitted of killing his girlfriend, Inge Lotz, and won his civil claim against the police ministry for malicious prosecution, now seeks damages.
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