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Mdluli, Lazarus to remain on duty

Mdluli and Lazarus will remain with the police force for at least another week.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN
Richard Mdluli,Nathi Mthethwa,South African Police Service,Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli saga,Freedom Under Law,Solly Lazarus
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial policeman Richard Mdluli and the financial head of Crime Intelligence Major-General Solly Lazarus are expected to remain on duty for at least a week.

This as they compile reasons as to why they should not be suspended from the South African Police Service (SAPS).

On Thursday, the Daily News reported that the two Crime Intelligence officials were served with notices of intention to suspend them.

Police have not confirmed the report.

According to labour regulations, Mdluli and Lazarus have seven to 14 days to respond to the notice.

The two cops will be suspended if police bosses do not accept their reasoning.

Both Mdluli and Lazarus will be allowed to continue with their duties as normal.

According to reports, Lazarus' notice includes claims that new information came to light regarding his mismanagement of the Crime Intelligence slush fund.

Mdluli faces a range of allegations including murder, kidnapping, corruption, nepotism and phone-tapping.

On Wednesday, civil organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) said Mdluli had twice evaded the sheriff of the court who is trying to serve him with papers.

The organisation launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to remove the controversial top cop from SAPS.

In 2011, Mdluli and three others were arrested and charged for the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe.

It is understood Ramogibe's wife was having an affair with Mdluli.

The murder charges were subsequently withdrawn by the state and Mdluli was reinstated.

Last week, Mdluli was shifted from his position as Crime Intelligence boss.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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