Mdluli case postponed

2012-06-04 12:15

Johannesburg - Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's challenge to his suspension from the police was postponed in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Monday.

The matter was postponed to June 21.

Judge Andre van Niekerk ordered that the applicants should file answering affidavits by June 13.

Mdluli is challenging his suspension after the court granted an order lifting his suspension on Friday, but subsequently ruled in the SA Police Service's favour on Sunday to continue with the sanction.

Both the SAPS and Mdluli's lawyers appeared on Monday, despite Sunday's ruling.

"We just received a call from the court registrar saying we have to be in court by 10:00," Brigadier Lindela Mashigo said on Monday morning.

Grossly irregular

"Even though the decision was made on Sunday, the hearing was originally set for Monday and it is still on the court roll."

Mdluli had been granted an order lifting his suspension by the same court on Friday, despite the absence of SAPS lawyers in court.

In court papers, attorney William Mokhari arguing for acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on Saturday, said Friday's order was secured under circumstances which were grossly irregular.

He questioned how the court could have ruled on the matter when the case had been set down for Monday.

Mdluli was suspended for the second time on May 27 by Mkhwanazi.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to the misuse of a secret crime intelligence fund to buy luxury vehicles, and to hire family members.

He also faced a murder charge for the death of his former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe. The charges led to his initial suspension.

This year, all the charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated in March. This was widely criticised by, among others, the Democratic Alliance and lobby group Freedom Under Law.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa later moved Mdluli to a different division but Mkhwanazi subsequently opted to suspend him.

  • Kala - 2012-06-04 12:21

    When it comes to circus acts Boswell Wilkie can learn from our present government.

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-04 12:25

      And so the circus continues. "The show must goes on!" as they say in show business.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 12:54

      Let us also not forget that SA produced a President of InterPol who was found guilty of corruption and incarcerated. Admittedly not a world 'first' but a damning indictment in the eyes of the international policing community on the state of Law & Order in SA, nonetheless.

      RSole - 2012-06-04 13:04

      What's it going to take to get rid of this cockroach.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 13:14

      Regrettably rsole, if I remember correctly, cockroaches are great survivors. Apparently they can even survive a nuclear holocaust - which is altogether somewhat disturbing in the light of your comment!

  • Loo - 2012-06-04 12:21

    AND the taxpayer KEEP on paying for the governments infighting.... How many would defend themselves if it was done with their OWN money.

  • bernpm - 2012-06-04 12:31

    How long does it take a judge to make up his mind? Enough time to let the defence and complainant lawyers take a fair share of the spoils home at tax payers expense.

  • Ta.Lepzen - 2012-06-04 12:53

    First he used our money to buy luxury cars

  • sango.jika - 2012-06-04 13:04

    hearing Mdluli's name is like having a nightmare.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 13:25

      At least one wakes up from a nightmare....

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-04 13:24

    There is nothing wrong in appointing the people you trust and very close to you as informers. Obviously you can't appoint a stranger to be a spy. There is no corruption here. Yes as a suspect for a murder case. Unfair labour practice!

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 14:22

      Nice try - but nobody believes the integrity of your comment

      Dee - 2012-06-04 15:06

      George - your comment scares me. Do you think that the Intelligence, Security, Judiciary and Police services are there to protect 1 person or 1 party? Or should they be there in a non-partisan (completely neutral and fair) in a healthy / multi-party democracy? If you think it is ok for these 'independent' security services to serve only the interests of 'some who trust' - please find someone from e.g. Matabele province in Zimbabwe - and ask them why they are in South africa

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 15:34

      Dee, don't bother - George is just another contrived breast implant.

  • dmpakati - 2012-06-04 14:55

    I'm very disappointed with the Richard Mdluli's case is being handled. Mdluli's hands are not clean: he misused taxpayers' money and is implicated in a murder case. He deserves to rot in jail and there is no point of protecting him and keep him employed in any department. This man is a criminal and should be dealt with accordingly.

      Dee - 2012-06-04 15:09

      He deserves a hearing in court - but when in such an important position of power and responsibility, it would be very HONOURABLE if he steps down - and lets the judicial process judge his innocence / guilt.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 15:12

      Quite right - but unfortunately the ruling party has created one too many a precedent. He will quite likely retire to a hospital with his laptop and burgeoning bank account.

  • Jackie - 2012-06-04 15:08

    this is one shady and dangerous character

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-04 15:22

    One thing's for sure - this guy really loves his job.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 15:43

      No Lacrimose, like all shady characters he has to retain it at all cost. If you have ever run a business, you will know that one should never trust the employee who never takes leave ......

  • John - 2012-06-04 16:35

    Mdluli is desperate to be reinstated, at all costs, so that he can get rid of evidence that incriminates him. If he is locked out the SAPS buildings and he can't shred documents etc, he is up creek street. Hats of to the acting commissioner who seems to have a spine and determined not to be walked over by the Min of Police. I hope the NPA get clobbered in court too for suspending Glynnis van Rooyen and that ALL the names of the people who are protecting Mdluli come out into the open...

  • jerry.modupe - 2012-06-04 17:23

    This guy n his friend msholozi r playing political settling score,they took SA citizens as stupids,mdluli plz go to jail at your own expenses not ours.

  • Michael - 2012-06-04 19:41

    Snore nothin will happen to me you bloody agents im am innocent,i fought for the struggle so i could murder people and get away with it...aheeee

  • kelebogilekhutso.mmatlou - 2012-06-04 20:21

    Mr. Mdluli law enforcer, as in policeman Eishh!!! Welcome to

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-05 08:07

    This man (MDLULI) making a laughing stock of the anc government......The WORLD watch in disbelief that such nonsense can be allowed to happen....If this country is looking to establish some form of respect from other Nations(which they need)this on going comedy show must come to an end. Until this government sticks to protocol ways of dealing with issues...THE WORLD DISRESPECT S.A..BUT ALSO SPLIT THEIR SIDES WITH LAUGHTER.

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