JOHANNESBURG - Civil organisation, Freedom Under Law,on Tuesday said it was forced to intervene in the Richard Mdluli affair because the police minister had failed in taking action.
It launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court demanding the court to prevent Mdluli from acting as a police officer, pending a judicial review of his reappointment.
General Mdluli is facing a raft of allegations including murder, corruption and nepotism, amongst others.
Freedom Under Law wants an order preventing Mdluli from acting as a police officer pending a review of the decisions taken to reinstate him to the South African Police Services (SAPS).
It also wants to stop police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, from assigning any duties to Mdluli until the review is heard.
In an affidavit, academic, businesswoman and medical doctor, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, pointed out that Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele were suspended for lesser allegations, and simply shifting Mdluli sideways was not on option.
“If this happened to a constable or a janitor or a clerk, that person would be suspended,” Freedom Under Law's Jeremy Gauntlett told Eyewitness News.
“If the minister won’t act, he forces civil society to act.”
The police ministry’s lawyers were studying the application and will soon be responding.
The hearing is scheduled for 5 June.
A week ago, Mthethwa announced that the controversial head of SAPS crime intelligence will be moved to another division within the police service.
In 2011, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the recruiting of family members.
Mdluli also faced a murder charge for the alleged murder of his former girlfriend's husband.
Charges against Mdluli were withdrawn, while the murder charge became an inquest.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)