Phiyega wants Mdluli matter finalised

2013-10-03 09:15

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The saga involving former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli has developed a life of its own, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has said.

“As an organisation we are doing our best to manage,” she said, according to a report on SAfm today.

“I’ve studied the... judgment and I am in the process of obtaining legal advice regarding the way forward.”

Phiyega said the police wanted the Mdluli matter finalised.

“As the SA Police Service it is our sincere desire to have these matters finalised because we need to go on in making this country safe and secure.”

On September 23, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that all fraud and corruption charges levelled against Mdluli be reinstated and that Phiyega take steps to reinstate disciplinary charges against him.

Judge John Murphy set aside a decision made last year to reinstate Mdluli as head of criminal intelligence. He also turned around the case surrounding Oupa Ramogibe.

Ramogibe, who married Mdluli’s ex-lover, was killed in 1999. His family suspected Mdluli was behind his death, but Mdluli was cleared of any involvement and the case was sent for inquest instead of prosecution.

Murphy said this was dubious and he set the decision aside because there were affidavits from seven witnesses who alleged they personally witnessed Mdluli threatening to kill Ramogibe, or threatening and assaulting other people.

“This evidence presents a compelling prima facie case against Mdluli,” Murphy said at the time.

The application for a review and the setting aside of the decision to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against Mdluli was brought by lobby group Freedom Under Law.

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