Freedom Under Law goes to court over Richard Mdluli

2013-09-11 08:22

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An application by lobby group Freedom Under Law for the review and setting aside of the decisions to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria today.

Mdluli was suspended amid charges of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to the murder of his ex-lover’s husband.

An inquest cleared him of any involvement in the death of his ex-lover’s husband. The charges of fraud and corruption were all later also withdrawn.

He was reinstated, but was suspended again in 2012, pending a court application to review the withdrawal of the criminal and disciplinary charges against him.

City Press reported on Sunday national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega will lend her support to an argument that a North Gauteng High Court order barring Mdluli from returning to work, should never have been granted.

In what was her first substantive comment on Mdluli’s case, Phiyega has described as a “fuss” FUL’s concern about the dropping of the murder, kidnapping and assault charges against Mdluli.

In her affidavit, Phiyega said the “(inquest’s finding) to me is a lesson to everybody that jungle justice cannot serve well in a constitutional state, especially where people can be tried and convicted in a court of public opinion before they are given an opportunity to defend themselves in a court of law”.

Phiyega said FUL “has no business whatsoever in interfering in the employment relationship that exists between (Mdluli) and the SA Police Service”.

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