DA: Mdluli ruling a victory for common sense

2012-06-03 17:26
Richard Mdluli. (Beeld)

Richard Mdluli. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Labour Court ruling on Sunday which overturned the lifting of crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's suspension was a victory for common sense, the Democratic Alliance said.

"The attempt by Mdluli and his legal representatives to undermine and abuse the judiciary has been stopped in its tracks," DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement.

Mdluli had his suspension lifted by the same court on Friday, but that order was overturned on Sunday with Mdluli again suspended.

"Mdluli should be kept as far away as possible from SA Police Service offices until he has answered all the allegations against him," she said.

Kohler Barnard said the sooner the questions surrounding Mdluli were answered, the sooner the credibility of the police and crime intelligence could be restored.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to the misuse of a secret crime intelligence fund to buy luxury vehicles, and to hire family members.

He also faced a murder charge for the death of his former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe. The charges led to his initial suspension.

This year, all the charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated in March. This was widely criticised by, among others, the DA and lobby group Freedom Under Law.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa later moved Mdluli to a different division, but acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi subsequently opted to suspend him on May 27.

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