Charges to be dropped, no trial for Mdluli

2012-02-02 22:49

Johannesburg - The appropriate way to deal with the murder charges against suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli is through a formal inquest and not a trial, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

Charges against him would be formally withdrawn on April 10 when the trial was supposed to start, said NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

"The appropriate decision to make at this stage is to provisionally withdraw the charges until the outcome of the inquest proceedings.

South Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions Andrew Chauke made the decision to conduct an inquest on receipt of representation from Mdluli's lawyers, said Mhaga.

"Unfortunately, representations made by the accused are without prejudice which means we maintain confidentiality at all costs hence we are not at liberty to disclose contents of their representations," he said.

Charges against Mdluli's co-accused, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, 49, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, 38, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, 52, would also be withdrawn.

They were all charged with intimidation, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Mdluli faced an additional charge of defeating or obstructing the course of justice.

The trial was supposed to start on April 10 and end on May 13.

  • Sean - 2012-02-02 22:59

    So he gets away with murder.Literally

      Siyabonga Khumalo - 2012-02-03 03:08

      South Africans must learn not to pass judgement until all facts are out. Its not Mr. Mdluli's fault that the NPA is hasty and stupid. Heads must roll for this waste of everything.

      Tc - 2012-02-03 07:10

      Te be expected in the corrupt New SA!

      Xinobia - 2012-02-03 07:51

      Siyabonga, who the hell cares if he made the decision or not! He's guilty of murder!!!!! Wonder who's getting the bulk of the buy-off money he's pumping into the system?

      Fred - 2012-02-03 07:59

      Another crony gets away with it !!!!! Viva SA, soon to be known as Zimbabwe's suburb !!!!!!

  • Gollum - 2012-02-02 23:03

    I seriously can't believe what I'm reading. Any doubt that there are 2 sets of laws, one for politically connected, and another for the cash-cows, can be laid to rest

      Gollum - 2012-02-03 00:22

      I guess it's cheaper than having to pay Mdluli's hospital fees if he were found guilty and sentenced to prison

  • Andries - 2012-02-02 23:06

    Wake up, get up, get out. This is Africa. There is no place for the logic of law anymore.

      Tc - 2012-02-03 07:15

      The boundary between Right an Wrong in the NSA has become so that there is no more Right! The ANC has brought this country to its knees! Anybody still denying that we are going the Zim-route?

  • Max - 2012-02-02 23:09

    If you had any doubts, we are now formally a fully fledged banana republic.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-02 23:17

    African justice, done :)

  • Mboneni - 2012-02-02 23:22

    Politically connected are treated with kid gloves and this send a very wrong message out there,because there are two sets of justice ie for the poor and for the politically loved ones

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-03 07:52

      Mboneni - Its the wrong message indeed - but are the uneducated majority aware of it's significance? I don't think so. The ANC know too that 'bungling' a few court cases in favour of their buddies is not going to affect who votes for them.

  • Trevor - 2012-02-02 23:54

    It's called having dirt on people....Same thing Hoover did.....

      Deeteem - 2012-02-03 05:23

      But it can turn around and bite you on the ass !!

      hein.huyser - 2012-02-03 08:34

      @Trevor. It was wrong then as it is now.

  • Ian - 2012-02-03 06:01

    what a disgusting bunch of rubbish, just remember mdluli, you at the end will be judged just like your entire anc will be judged with every other dictator and every criminal, enjoy your trip to hell, it shouldnt be crime intelligence boss, just another crime boss, just another common criminal

  • Johan - 2012-02-03 06:36

    Save money by withdrawing charges They were going to be paroled anyway if found guilty

  • kznshark - 2012-02-03 06:42

    ...permission for murder and other charges granted...

  • Vusi - 2012-02-03 07:08

    This is the shoddy work by the NPA

  • mashavha - 2012-02-03 07:18

    What message are sending?Becoming a Banana Republic by the day,It depends on who u knw rather than what u have done to be prosecuted,sies

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-03 07:37

    This is the stuff of African Democracy - laughable incompetence and palpable lawlessness.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-03 08:13

      “Can there be a manipulation of justice by, it should not, and it cannot, and I'm sure we all believe in that, and therefore, that's why I have understood people saying we will never allow the manipulation of justice.” Jacob Zuma Now you know why I'm laughing ...

  • hein.huyser - 2012-02-03 08:30

    Just like the killers of ET (who confessed) will get away because of a "technicality", so will these mobsters. But what do you expect when the "head of the snake" is there illegally

  • Megan - 2012-02-03 08:52

    Just another sad day for law-abiding South Africans. I really think it's time that we stand together and stop paying the way for these criminals. I reckon it's quite easy - and the recent toll road saga with people refusing to have etags fitted is a fairly good example of how us tax paying citizens are capable of saying "we've had enough!". Now lets get the ball rolling.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-03 10:45

    You said it, Sean. As usually happens in S.A. If you have the right friends

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-03 10:52

    Well I'm sure criminals are out celebrating, and the Judiciary is out looking for work. The NPA has set a new standard and in future all accused murders will have to appear before a inquest. The excuses and double standards never cease to amaze, If nothing else the ANC has perfected the smoke and mirror approach to evading everything.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-03 13:33

    I would have said ''and so it begins...'', but considering the minute changes, glimpses of the unthinkable and the general feeling of distrust between the ANC and the general public we're seeing and experiencing already, I think ''and so the mercury in the boiling pot edges up another notch, Kermit starting to feel unease tickling his soggy insides''. I pray he jumps soon.

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