NGOs act against Mdluli

2012-06-03 14:42
Lt.genl. Richard Mdluli

Lt.genl. Richard Mdluli

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Johannesburg - Civil society organisations Corruption Watch and the Social Justice Coalition have filed a joint application to join Freedom Under Law's court application for former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli to be suspended.

"In order to combat corruption it is essential that the law enforcement agencies are seen to be led by people of integrity, free of any taint of corruption," said Corruption Watch's director David Lewis in a statement on Saturday.

He said it was particularly concerning that Mdluli, as one of the country's most senior police officials, was allegedly involved in serious acts of corruption and was under investigation for this.

"We strongly believe that this compromises the ability of the law enforcement authorities to combat corruption. This is the source of our interest in the relief sought in these proceedings," Lewis said.

The two groups believed it was vital the allegations against Mdluli be fully investigated and any decisions made during the investigation be made public.

Freedom Under Law (FUL) on Wednesday said would go ahead with its court application for Mdluli's suspension in spite of acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi announcing Mdluli's suspension last Sunday.

The suspension was then lifted by the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

The SA Police Service brought an urgent court application in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Saturday afternoon to set aside the lifted suspension.

- SAPA
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