Lawyer to look into Mdluli suspension

2012-05-28 09:47

Johannesburg - Suspended crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli's lawyer has confirmed receiving an e-mail announcing his suspension, according to reports on Monday.

Ike Motloung told The New Age newspaper: "I received the e-mail late on Saturday evening and I had not even opened it."

Motloung said he only checked his e-mail after seeing a report on a television news bulletin announcing the suspension. He told EyeWitnessNews he planned to investigate the legality of the way in which the suspension letter was served.

"They think I'm waiting, looking at my laptop throughout the night, waiting for their unannounced e-mail. I'm not sure whether legally this is proper service."

Mdluli missing

The police said the letter was served on Motloung because officials could not find Mdluli.

Also on Monday, Motloung was expected to discuss with a magistrate Mdluli's legal fees for a murder inquest. He has lost a bid to get legal aid to pay for a lawyer.

Acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi announced Mdluli's suspension on Sunday.

"The notice of suspension of General Mdluli has been served on General Mdluli's lawyer," Mkhwanazi's spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said.

Mashigo said the suspension related to allegations that had emerged from the ongoing court inquest into the murder of Mdluli's former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe, in 1999.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members.

FUL interdict

He was suspended, but both sets of charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as crime intelligence head in March this year.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced on May 9 that Mdluli would be moved from crime intelligence to a position in the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations, Fannie Masemola.

A few days later non-profit organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) applied for a urgent interdict to prevent Mdluli from serving in the police service.

FUL also applied for an interdict against Mthethwa, preventing him from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review into his reinstatement could be heard.

  • Azande - 2012-05-28 10:01

    Oh cumon Mr Lawyer. We know you trying to play "technicalities game". Mdluli is suspended, the sooner you start preparing for that the better for you and your client, him.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-05-28 10:10

    Good bye Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi you will be missed, because of your suspension of Mdluli you will also be suspended or fired.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 10:55

      I hope not.

      sellothomas - 2012-05-28 12:43

      I fully agree with u my sister

  • oom.kosie.9 - 2012-05-28 10:14

    WTF is going on here, is the dude at work or not? Why does a suspension need to be served on his lawyer if it is an employee/employer matter? If he is not at work or cannot be reached he should be fired in any event, becuase then he is neglecting his duties! What a joke, and they all think we are stupid.

      Azande - 2012-05-28 10:22

      Its not illegal to send correspondence to the attorneys of a person.

      Keith - 2012-05-29 06:09

      Oom Kosie.9, we are stupid. This sort of thing, amongst other idiocies, goes on all the time and we react with surprise. South Africa gets deeper in the dwang by the day. If the DA ever gets into power it will be too late to save us.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-28 10:14

    what a pile of crap, he'll probably end up like those tossers mentioned on carte blanche last night where he'll earn millions while he's 'displaced' just imagine how great our country could be if we put the right person in the right job - hell, we could tar the whole of africa on the money we's save !

  • Mzamo - 2012-05-28 10:17

    1. It seems as if S A Law gives more protection to the criminals than the law abiding citizens. 2. It seems as if the more you are rich and / or politically connected, the better are your chances of getting away with every misconducts!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 10:54

      It's a reality! And it seems the worse you are, the harder the ANC tries to hang onto you. Perhaps Mdluli has too much sensitive information about the big knobs, and has threatened to expose them.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-28 10:28

    forget about his suspension... FIRE HIS DUMB ASS

      Deon - 2012-05-28 10:49

      Better, KILL him

  • Nigel - 2012-05-28 10:53

    We might have the best Constitution and/or Labour Relations Act in the world, and perhaps we are leading in the area of ‘Human Rights’ (doubtful), but my goodness it comes at a huge financial burden. The concept of suspending someone on full pay is hard to understand. Why not dismiss the person, then if found innocent we regard the dismissal as incorrect and re-instate the employee with back pay. If found guilty, then we regard the dismissal as correct and no further action required.

      Ryan - 2012-05-28 11:22

      Nigel, that is a good concept, however, do you think the mortgage provider or any other creditor of the innocent person will hold their demands for payments in abeyance for years until the case against the accused is finalised? The accused person still needs to meet their financial obligations and buy food andd support family etc while the matter is being investigated or heard. I guess a possible middle ground would be to have any pay due to him or her kept in a trust which would satisfy the daily expenses and debts and any residue after the finalisation of the matter is paid either back to the employer, if he or she is guilty, or to the accused if found to be innocent.

      Keith - 2012-05-29 06:12

      Ryan, if you have been fired you look for another job.

  • sellothomas - 2012-05-28 12:47

    I think we all know what is the allegations,Any person is not guilty untill is proven guilty.

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