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Time running out for Mdluli

2012-06-05 22:23

Pretoria - Judgment will be delivered on Wednesday afternoon in the urgent application by Freedom Under Law to stop former crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli from performing his duties for the time being.

Judge Ephraim Makgoba said he regarded the application as a matter of paramount importance for the South African community as a whole and he was duty-bound to deliver judgment as soon as possible.

FUL has asked that Mdluli be prevented from performing his official duties pending the outcome of a review - which it intends applying for - of the decision to set aside civil and criminal charges against him, and of the decision in March to reinstate him.

The charges ranged from murder to corruption and fraud.

Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung argued on Wednesday that his client appeared to have already been convicted in "the court of public opinion".

He said his client was an ill man who was being treated for hypertension and stress, but that this did not mean that he could not perform his duties.

He argued that FUL's application was based on hearsay evidence, media reports, rumours and innuendo.

FUL had argued that Mdluli should have done the honourable thing and asked for extended leave, but Motloung said his client had a right to defend himself and his position.

He said the Labour Court was already dealing with the matter and it was not for FUL to approach the High Court because it did not trust the Labour Court.

He said Mdluli was an ordinary employee and not a political appointee and that his employer/employee relationship was at stake.

FUL had no business to interfere in such a relationship, he said.

Motloung said that even if all of the officials who decided not to charge his client were wrong Mdluli should not be used as "a football to throw around".

He told the court that, should FUL's application be granted, Mdluli could remain suspended for years.

He argued that FUL had deep pockets and overseas sponsors and could afford to let the review application drag on for years.

"It doesn't matter that he will be paid while sitting at home, he's entitled to due process," Motloung said.

Comments
  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 22:32

    So it doesnt matter that he sits at home and gets paid,us taxpayers are getting very gatvol of you okes,who votes yes?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 23:38

      Yes Mike. 10 million times!

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-06 05:24

      apparently sitting at home and getting paid for it is ok and don't forget he is already displaying early signs of Shaikeyitis

      Walter - 2012-06-06 06:32

      Yes, he's already showing signs of, brilliantly put, "Shaikyitis". His early signs of "illness" are standard procedure now and also in this case contradictory! He said yesterday, he was too ill to work anyway and his lawyer now says that, despite his hypertension and "other life threatening symptoms", he is still able to work! Book him and get on with it..... I realise his time will end up in a prison hospital being fed strawberries and cream and then a presidential pardon????........ IF his mate remains in the high chair!

  • Christopher - 2012-06-05 22:41

    FU*K kick him in the balls...thats it..he will not want to play anymore! He is a retard trying to get other retards sympathy...speak to zuma maybe? who knows? I hope I did not lead him to his escapism...

  • mpume.khethiwe - 2012-06-05 23:15

    Stress course by resistance to his position national head of intelligent.he had been at police service for more than 30 years.he must resign.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 23:32

    I believe that every responsible Citizen who pays bills and has dependents suffers from hypertension and stress - and we get on with our lives and look after our families to the best of our abilities. So what makes Mdluli so special? He now is ill through his own shenanigans and guess what - we have to pay for it. It's a disgusting and disgraceful miscarriage of justice. There are cases where intruders have been shot and the homeowner goes to jail for manslaughter or murder - guess what - this guy murders and gets to be intelligence chief? Sounds like the fox is guarding the henhouse!

  • Sharon - 2012-06-06 00:43

    He said his client was an ill man who was being treated for hypertension and stress" Shame, I hear the perfect cure for his symptoms is a round of golf - ask Shabir Shaik, it worked for him.

  • Kendall - 2012-06-06 05:11

    Fire the bast**d and get it over with, or is the nepotism and play again.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-06 06:15

    Like I said. Even Mdluli's corruption is corrupt. But the sheer arrogance is just a big old flat klap in the face of this country. Just give him the golden kick up the @ss and send him on his merry way.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-06 06:42

    Just FIRE him ALREADY!!!and the next commissoner must have no ties to a party or the president. SIMPLE!!! STOP THE HIRING OF BUDDIES!! COMPETENT PEOPLE ONLY

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-06-06 07:02

    Give mdluli a mike and a stage and let him expose all his allies.he couldn't have done all these stuff by himself!expose them and we will drag them also to the courts,

  • mlondozi - 2012-06-06 07:12

    An ill man suffering from stress and hypertension who can perform his duties is certainly also well enough to serve a lengthy prison service.

  • fiona.becker.12 - 2012-06-06 07:21

    It seems in our beautiful country, the worse the crime, the LESS the time. Roll on Democracy. We are flying - laughing stock of the world, while innocent SAPS men get butchered in front of their children for a bicycle.....

  • Sifiso Mngadi - 2012-06-06 07:41

    well this job is not easy to handle especially when used to benefit from criminal activities

  • Peter - 2012-06-06 07:43

    He knows what is going to happen to him, so now this Fu%#ing rigmaroll starts. He is laying the ground work for not going to prison. A discussion with his lawer, Showerhead Zuma, and woodworker Mal-enema Lets tell everybody that I am sick. Then come the trial, I will pretend to be sick, then when I am sentenced, I will go to hospital and have a private room and make talk with all my chommies whilst dining on five star meals watching DSTV on a Suamsung Smart TV - 3D and HD. But in the meantime, I will relax at home on full pay, sipping cocktails and pomping the maid. This I can see will be a two year holiday. HeHeHeHe :)

  • Bibi - 2012-06-06 07:53

    hypertension and stress - no sympathy from me. He is a disgrace to our country and a prime example of what is wrong with SA, all protected and swept under the carpet by our very own leader of the (corruption) pack, jacob.

      Daan - 2012-06-06 09:04

      Not only him!!!! The entire cANCer IS the laughing stock of the world

  • Steve - 2012-06-06 08:32

    Perhaps it is a Godsend that these fools do not represent the country as sportsmen/women. Just imagine the match-fixing!!!

      Daan - 2012-06-06 09:19

      @Steve. You do realise that the "increase in sports activities" is all part of the greater plan to distract straight thinking members of the public from what's happening in the country. 1. Fire a coach that could not get his team to perform, and pay him RM5 2. Etc. etc. etc. I am sick & tired of the SH$T in this once beautifull country. I feel sorry for my friends, both black & white. my employees, both black & white, all those that tried so hard the past 20 years, to make this rainbow nation work. It aint gonna happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Face it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get used to it!!!!!!!!!!!! Make other plans!!!!!!!! Stop worrying about these idiots wasting your taxes. Find a way to pay less. Dry-up the funds that way. Make a REAL CONTRIBUTION towards the failure of this country. You will not achieve anything, but you will al least "taste" some satisfaction.

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