Mdluli to be summonsed ‘this year’

2014-07-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A summons is being drawn up for the beleaguered Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli, the suspended head of the police’s crime intelligence unit.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Nathi Mncube said the authority and Mdluli’s legal advisors have to decide on two possible dates.

“… it will still happen this year,” he said, adding that Mdluli will be summoned with two other police officers.

Mncube did not want to expand on the charges because the summons still has to be served, but Mdluli will reportedly be charged with intimidation and assault.

An inquest into the death of Oupa Ramogibe, to which Mdluli had earlier been connected, had found there was not enough evidence to hold Mdluli — or the two police officers who are to be summonsed with him — responsible for the murder or attempted murder.

Sister paper Die Burger had earlier reported that Mdluli, who has been suspended since 2011, is still receiving his full salary.

The new development in the Mdluli case takes place while a sword hangs over the head of the NPA’s national director of prosecutions Mkholisi Nxasana, after he re-opened the case against Mdluli. Mdluli is reportedly close to President Jacob Zuma and Nxasana is allegedly now being “punished” for pursuing the Mdluli case.

By yesterday the presidency had supplied no further details on the investigation as to Nxasana’s suitability for the post.

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