Hands off Mdluli, court tells police bosses

2012-06-06 16:00

Johannesburg - Controversial former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been interdicted by the North Gauteng High Court from performing any duties as a police officer.

The order also prevents Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and acting police boss Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi from assigning him any functions.

Judge Ephraim Makgoba ruled that the fact Mdluli is currently under suspension had no effect on what rights group Freedom Under Law was asking for.

"On what basis should [Freedom Under Law] believe or trust that this time around, the present suspension will not be uplifted," said Makgoba.

He ruled that it woukd be "unconscionable" for Mdluli to continue with his duties while he faces such serious allegations.

Lawyers for Mdluli and Mkhwanazi yesterday argued that the application by FUL for an urgent interdict was "academic" because Mdluli had already been suspended.

But Makgoba dismissed this argument, saying it "missed the point".

"Freedom Under Law does not seek an order for suspension, instead it seeks an order to prevent [Mdluli] from working, with a view to protecting the integrity of the investigations into him," said Makgoba.

Makgoba said that the allegations against Mdluli were no ordinary "allegations of misconduct" and it was of considerable public interest that the matter be resolved.

"Murder, defeating the ends of justice, fraud and money laundering are serious criminal acts which go to the fabric of public order and security" he said.

Makgoba said that the factual allegations made against Mdluli by FUL "have not been specifically dealt with or denied" by the respondents.

The next part of FUL's case will involve an application for a review of four decisions made by authorities, including the dropping of murder and corruption charges against Mdluli, his reinstatement and the decision to stop the disciplinary hearing against him.

  • Hilda - 2012-06-06 15:17


      Christelle - 2012-06-06 16:16

      Judge Ephraim Makgoba - you ARE the man!!!!!!

      Michaele - 2012-06-06 16:18

      Halleluja indeed...first good news for a long is time for judgement

      Dee - 2012-06-06 16:30

      And above all, hat's off to a very brave man Mkhwanazi who acted first, probably against "highest masters" wishes; could face serious consequences to his own future - being a mere "Acting-ActingHead" with Cele and Mdluli above him facing charges. Let's hope he continues to demonstrate / proves to have the moral fibre of Thuli Madonsela.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-06 17:06

      I think the entire SAPS must be in the same boat, I haven't seen any work from one of them in years.

  • coen.louw - 2012-06-06 16:08

    Sanity prevails.

  • Gary - 2012-06-06 16:14

    Selebi, Cele, Mduli - what an absolute Embarrassment to the Police Force and to the ANC - lost the plot long ago....yet no shame, try squeeze them into some other role / post or Department... I suppose they will get 5 Bar Golden handshakes and a mansion in Dainfern to go retire....thats the was this Govt deals with their Top ai ai

  • khwezi.ndawonde - 2012-06-06 16:17

    please dont allowe him near any police station in SA as a whole

      Fussed - 2012-06-06 16:52

      except jail

      Martin - 2012-06-07 07:40

      he should be visiting "sun city" for corrective rape from the gangsters

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-06-06 16:18

    Le diganka dia seka

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 17:03

      Sorry I do not understand your language but I suppose you said: Mduli het sy g*t gesien

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-06 16:22

    Don't know bout you guys but this Mdluli character is beginning to fascinate me. I love villains in any good drama. I just see him creeping up in his office again somewhere with a clinched grin. Then that movie(evil) laugh 'Hahahahahaha I am back'

  • Bryan - 2012-06-06 16:28

    This Mdluli is one seriously shady character... Would love to know what he has in his black book on some of the ANC Fatcats...

  • Charles - 2012-06-06 16:34

    Mdluli is finished this time, his days are numbered. The sad thing is that the bloody criminal is still enjoying my tax money - suspension with full pay!

  • mikeymike53 - 2012-06-06 16:38

    Beki Cele, Jackie Selebi and Mdluli at the very top, what hope for the ones following and us :(

      Tsombo - 2012-06-06 17:47

      hy bhuti, dis really affect me if those in da top of r security service cn stoop dis low. Surely something big is gona happen la ekasie. These people hv proven to us

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-06 16:43

    I hope they confiscate his state issued firearm. Rather issue him a banana.

  • Vic - 2012-06-06 16:45

    Well done Judge Makgoba! We salute and thank you.

  • Pro - 2012-06-06 16:47

    And, tomorrow he phones Juju or Zuma and says it is the old government that made him into what he is now....then....he will be re-appointed and next year he is president of South Africa.

      Tsombo - 2012-06-06 17:42


  • Sphe Tony Zulu - 2012-06-06 16:49

    there is something wrong here...mdluli is barred from being police boss, petrol is going down, pitso is fired. this week is too good to be true for a typical s.african. i smell a

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 16:54

      Sphe now you got me worried. I hope that nothing will go wrong with the Springbok game! Viva Ama bokko Viva

      Christelle - 2012-06-06 17:01

      lol Sphe, you are right. Nettie, please, as it is we are worried about the team, don't jinx them:-)I dont even want to say "fortunately the England team is not up to scratch either"

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-06 16:50

    Good news.This man must be investigated

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-06-06 16:56


  • keith.recore - 2012-06-06 16:59

    to be honest,if it weren't from public pressure, this probably would not have happened so the citizens do have a voice and eventually it is heard. Keep up the pressure for good governance and proper leadership South Africans!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-06-06 17:00

    Victory for law abiders, even though judicial interference is still pending, it feels good to note that the pillars are still standing. That even though politics may rear its ugly head, u will account for misdemear someday. Now its time to empty our pockets in support of those who are fighting the E-toll saga.

      Thabo Dlamini - 2012-06-06 17:15

      Thank you Peter, well said.

  • Maetsane - 2012-06-06 17:06


  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-06 17:11

    Wonderful news for a change. Now let's hope in the months and years to come the dockets don't go missing. Another dirty little trick we see almost daily.

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-06 17:12

    Once again, the courts must be called upon to enforce the obvious.

  • Jay - 2012-06-06 17:12

    Dear Police Minister! Finally it took a Court Judge to make a simple ruling to tell YOU to STOP meddling and involving yourself with this CORRUPT & ROTTEN SAPS employee! Surely .... Once again, your very limited intellect and your arrogant know-it-all image is smeared again! Admit it please.. You are Incompetent and do not have the Qualifications or Expertise to head up SAPS! And you continue to hold onto your Ministerial Position? By the way, when are you going to REPAY the LOOT that was used to build that Security Wall around YOUR PERSONAL HOME in KZN? That was from MY TAX MONEY that pays YOUR SALARY! Resign and Save Face! I Rest My Case! BTW, Do NOT BUY an e-Tag! EVER!

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-06-06 17:23

    He will be admited at hospital to avoid any investigations to meet him.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-06-06 17:27


  • Samuel - 2012-06-06 17:39

    another march is emminent to Judge Makgoba's chamber.obviously they have to win in on the street. bravo makgoba.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-06 17:55

    And now they must reinstate the charges. this man has evaded justice for a long time, and he's been pair (at tax payers expense) all along.

  • Naicker - 2012-06-06 17:56

    Just like that - keep MACHINI WAMI singing for his supper -

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-06 18:09

    Hip! Hip! Hooray! For a fearlessly independent Judge Makgoba! A man with integrity deserving of the nation's respect (in contrast to the limp spear of the nation it must be said).

  • Kevin - 2012-06-06 18:26

    The ANC's chosen people for the SAPS, brings to mind the saying "Set a thief to catch a thief". The Police for the most part are dysfunctional, good at certifying documents useless at law enforcement and investigating crime.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-06 20:00

    I hold my breath.......let's hope what the Judge had to say, will hold ground....Yeeeppppppp..."another one bits the dust"

  • Nathaniel - 2012-06-06 20:37

    How many times must this government be shown what is blatantly clear to a guy like me, that it is ethically and morally wrong to leave a guy like Mdluli on the driving seat with alledgations heavily stacked against him. Worse still, he came up with his deck of alledgations against other top cops. It was common sense to allow this guy to clear himself first. Thanks to FUL and the courts that still listen and come up with sound judgements. Hope justice minister fails in his bid to have the courts remote controlled by him.

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