SJC, Corruption Watch withdraw to speed up Mdluli case

2013-05-10 16:43

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Corruption Watch have withdrawn their application to intervene in Freedom Under Law’s (FUL) application to review the withdrawal of criminal and disciplinary charges against Richard Mdluli.

“It has now come to our attention that, should we continue with our intervention application, our involvement may be used to delay the main application,” Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said in a statement.

The main application has been brought by FUL, which contended that the application to intervene was being used as an excuse to delay the review, by the suspended former police intelligence head’s legal team, and by the State.

FUL hoped that the latest development meant that the matter would be expedited.

It hoped to meet soon with the judge president of the High Court in Pretoria to set a date and get matters under way.

Comment was not immediately available from Mdluli’s counsel.

The police’s Brigadier Phuti Setati confirmed that Mdluli was still suspended.

Last year, the court ruled that he be suspended pending the review.

Mdluli was initially suspended amid charges of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to the murder of his ex-lover’s husband.

However, the charges were all later withdrawn and he was reinstated. He was then suspended for a second time.

The Labour Court lifted the suspension on June 1, but less than 24 hours later, it overturned the decision.

FUL was granted an urgent interim interdict preventing Mdluli from performing any duties as a police official.

In November, following an inquest, a court found there was no evidence to implicate Mdluli in the murder charges.

“We are confident that FUL’s case, which has been supplemented since we first filed our papers, is watertight and should proceed without further delay,” said Phumeza Mlungwana, general secretary of the SJC.

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