NPA mum on Mdluli’s reprieve

2012-03-30 00:00

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has kept its silence on why the prosecution of Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli, former head of the criminal intelligence unit, is not going ahead.

This despite the fact that both the state and inspector-general of intelligence, Advocate Faith Radebe, believe there is a prima facie case against Mdluli.

The lifting of Mdluli’s suspension leaves many questions unanswered about the investigation of allegations of fraud and corruption against him. During Mdluli’s first appearance in the Pretoria Commercial Court in September last year public prosecutor advocate Chris Smit said the state had a strong case against him.

After the case was withdrawn during Mdluli’s second appearance in December last year without any reasons being given, it was handed to Radebe to investigate in terms of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act.

In a letter to the police Radebe recommended that they reinstate the fraud charges against Mdluli, since she believed there to be a prima facie case against him.

NPA spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga confirmed yesterday that the police handed a copy of Radebe’s letter to the NPA.

“We are still considering the content of the letter. We will have further discussions with the police to determine the way forward,” Mhaga said. It is believed that the decision to withdraw the charges was taken by advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, newly appointed director of the specialised commercial crimes unit in Pretoria at the time.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson on police Dianne Kohler Barnard said the minister of police Nathi Mthethwa’s silence on the “alarming developments” in the police was “worrying”.

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