Cops must pay for Mdluli case

By Drum Digital
23 September 2013

The police, commercial crime unit, and safety and security minister were ordered to pay the costs of the Richard Mdluli case by the High Court.

The police, commercial crime unit, and safety and security minister were ordered to pay the costs of the Richard Mdluli case by the High Court in Pretoria on Monday. "The first, second, third, and sixth respondents (NDPP, national police commissioner, head of specialised commercial crime unit, and minister of safety and security -- in order) are ordered to pay the costs of this application jointly and severally, the one paying the others to be absolved on the basis that the applicant's attorneys and counsel appear pro bono," ordered Judge John Murphy.

The applicant was lobby group Freedom Under Law (FUL).

Murphy earlier ordered the national director of public prosecutions to reinstate criminal charges and disciplinary action against Mdluli, the police's former crime intelligence boss.

Murphy set aside the NDPP's decision to withdraw criminal charges against him, and set aside a decision by the national police commissioner to reinstate him as head of crime intelligence.

FUL brought the application for a review and the setting aside of the decision to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against Mdluli. The controversial former crime intelligence head 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 murder. The National Prosecuting Authority later withdrew charges of fraud and corruption. He was reinstated, but again suspended in 2012 pending FUL's application.

-by Sapa

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