Mdluli's woes continue

2012-06-02 10:00

Johannesburg - The SA Police Service will bring an urgent court application in the Johannesburg Labour Court at 14:00 on Saturday to set aside the lifted suspension of Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

On Friday Mdluli made a low-key appearance in the Labour Court to challenge his suspension by acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. The court granted an order lifting the suspension.

The police have since claimed that the order was "either fraudulently or grossly improperly obtained" and said its lawyers were taking action to have it set aside.

"The SAPS is currently investigating how the court could conceivably have granted the order in favour of General Mdluli and in the absence of the SAPS, whilst the same court made a directive that the urgent application would be heard on Monday 4 June 2012," said Brigadier Lindela Mashigo.

Mdluli's suspension, on Sunday, came just months after he was reinstated as head of Crime Intelligence after being suspended while criminal charges were pending against him.

All the charges were withdrawn in March, but when his reinstatement was widely criticised by, among others, the Democratic Alliance and lobby group Freedom Under Law (FUL), Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa moved him to a different division.

The City Press website reported that, in an affidavit, Mdluli said he was being subjected to "double-double jeopardy", as Mkhwanazi was suspending him for the same allegations for which he was previously suspended.

Judge Edwin Molahlehi reportedly said he was satisfied that a prima facie case had been made and that "in the absence of opposition from respondents... there is no reason to doubt the version of the applicant".

  • Scouter - 2012-06-02 10:12

    Hello, Boswell Wilkie is back in town ......

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-02 10:27

      Does this man know no bounds? He is corrupted to the core! He used corrupt methods influencing the labour court! It's disgusting what the ANC put's this country through! This is representative of their "kind" of "democracy." DOWN WITH THE ANC AND MDLULI!

      Hermann - 2012-06-02 11:52

      @Alicia it is not so much untouchable as it is like his big Boss, a case of being more equal than the other animals on the farm.

      Alastair - 2012-06-02 12:01

      It'll be interesting to see whether the Hon. Judge Edwin Molahlehi faces any flak for his... um... creative interpretation of legal procedure.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-02 13:21

      @Alistair - Judicial Board of Inquiry will probably find some clerk guilty and the Judge will get a sanction, contest it.... We've seen this story so many times, we can practically write the outcome ourselves

  • Sonja - 2012-06-02 10:15

    This is how the ANC run things.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-02 10:17

    Richard Mdluli would put any cat to shame. Seems he has more lives than all of them combined! This guy is earmarked to be our next police commissioner. How scary is that?

      Sharon - 2012-06-02 10:19

      by the way, where were they when he appeared in court? Maybe if they had been there, the judge would have heard their side and not granted Mdluli's request. Sleeping on the job again....

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-02 10:30

      "the same court made a directive that the urgent application would be heard on Monday 4 June 2012" but the court held the hearing on Friday. Not SAPS' fault if they are given the wrong date. Up next, a Judicial Inquiry as to how one side of the case was given the wrong information.

      Dee - 2012-06-02 11:29

      The crux of the current status is 1) The hearing was set for Monday 2) Mdluli's lawyers able to 'pull strings' for Friday hearing 3) State prosecutor NOT informed of Friday hearing - and surely should have been given the right to agree / disagree to changed date 4) WHICH CITIZEN would be given blatant circumstances of a 1 sided hearing?

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-06-02 12:12

      @Sharon. You should stay informed! You are telling us you did not know about the fender-bender that happened 2 blocks away and this required the attention of 3 police vans, 2 bicycles and 3 0n-foot policemen to sort out? The police are attending to this important happenings and they can't fit in all things that need immediate attention. Court cases can be extended, appealed, transferred and lots of other ways be prevented from requiring immediate attention! Shame on your statement "sleeping on the job"...

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-02 10:18

    Dear ANC, please do not act like the idiots you employ and FIRE HIM !!

  • ApSoLuT1 - 2012-06-02 10:22

    Richard Mdluli is the Chuck Norris of the SAPS, he is just untouchable. We wonder how long is this spy movie going to end, as our tax money is being wasted

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-02 10:33

    I wonder if he thought he could get away with it?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-02 10:53

      If his fraud, corruption and murder charges were withdrawn, no doubt this will too

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-02 11:02

      They all do....if the President can, why can't they.....

      Erna - 2012-06-02 11:45

      So far he has.

  • John - 2012-06-02 10:41

    Mduli, Eff off already now please... stop wasting out tax money.

      John - 2012-06-02 10:42


      Scouter - 2012-06-02 11:11

      No, you were probably right first time John - this is yet another case of Tax money going 'out' ........

  • Bob - 2012-06-02 10:43

    Methinks Judge Edwin Molahlehi had instructions from higher up to grant this order..!

  • ntsakopatrick.m.goldenboy - 2012-06-02 10:57

    In a south africa some people are so strong that they can rub shoulders with the law

  • David Mabunda - 2012-06-02 10:59

    this is unfair just look at cele's case he was dismissed and what he did was for state benefit but mdluli he is still using state money for lawyers and what he did was for his family's benefits government must do something on this

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-02 11:01

    Imagine the mass action from COSATU if the Labour Court found in favour of an EMPLOYER while the EMPLOYEE was not present or representated. The deviousness of the ruling cabal of the ANC are making PW Botha's underhanded tactics look like childs play.

  • Erna - 2012-06-02 11:40

    And the circus continues! One thing is for sure - while the anc is in power it will never be boring. However, think we can do with a little less comic entertainment!

      Tsietsi - 2012-06-02 11:45

      You are right Erna. The circus has been in town for far too long, and there are clows left right and centre, and even in the high echelons of authority. Nobody seems to know what their job description entails.

  • judith.p.miller.7 - 2012-06-02 11:51

    Now corruption in the judiciary, where is this gonna end Zuma?

  • Mark - 2012-06-02 12:33

    That headline should read "SA's woes continue" as he has no woes - he is being paid not to work and we are paying his salary.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-02 12:42

    Strange how these people always have all the money they can possibly need for court cases. More mouths go hungry because the elite don't care.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-02 13:05

    Mdluli 4 President of RSA! Who is this Mdluli? Viva employment and service delivery.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-02 13:27

    Where is Dr Verwoerd?

  • leonard.nel - 2012-06-02 13:30 click 'Like'

  • balan.morgen - 2012-06-04 14:21

    African National Congress turning into African National Criminals.

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