Mdluli case to continue - SAPS

2012-06-04 10:46

Johannesburg - The SA Police Service and suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's lawyers were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Monday.

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

Mashigo said the SAPS would appear in court even though the court had ruled in favour of its application on Sunday.

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

"So we will be appearing, even though we are not sure what will happen today."

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 SC arguing for acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on Saturday, said Friday's order was secured under circumstances which were grossly irregular.

Cloud of suspicion

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

Mokhari said all parties involved in the case were informed on Thursday afternoon that it would only be heard on 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This year, all the charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated in March.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.

  • John - 2012-06-04 11:05

    South Africa is rapidly becoming a laughing stock in the world. We have the saga of Zuma's spear (which I am sure would not stand up in court), the FPB ruling the painting is 16N (now we are waiting for all art books to be declared 16N)and now we have this rubbish. What must the world think of the SAPS, Selebi in prison, Cele removed and possibly facing charges, and they cannot even suspend Mdluli(suspected murderer etc.) because of what can only be described as political interference.

      Dee - 2012-06-04 11:35

      I am less concerned about world opinion - and more worried about implications on South African citizens. So much resource spent on protecting personal interests at the expense of actually doing the job of public service. More resource has to be spent on police leadership criminality than for the citizenry?? And the Friday 'highly irregular' one sided hearing justified "to protect Mdluli's DIGNITY" (and deflect negative weekend newspaper reporting). Well, that backfired - but what's with this word 'DIGNITY'?? Once proudly associated with '94 election, but of late used for protection of personal political position & perversion of the constitution.

  • eradingoana - 2012-06-04 11:37

    This is what they mean with ANC. Enforcing that the corrupt lead the nation as long as one is highly connected. Suspect leading Intelligence Team, what a mess? The country 'security obviously become at risk. Is it the question of just ignoring the seriousness of the Team or just deploying because they don't know the importance of intelligence. May Nhlanhla should be careful because a march might be arranged to his office by the ANC to demand reinstatement of Mdluli regardless of the court case which might be withdrawn when he would be reinstated and victory claimed.

  • Andre - 2012-06-04 12:36

    The Bananas are growing nicely, viva ANC viva!!!

  • Cody - 2012-06-04 15:07

    Another meteoric waist of tax payers money.

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