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Mdluli must argue to save his job

Richard Mdluli received a notice of suspension last week and must now explain why he should keep his job.

SAPS crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - Police were still silent on Monday regarding whether controversial police officer Richard Mdluli would be suspended for a second time, as pressure continued to grow on him.

Mdluli and his head of covert support, Solly Lazarus, both apparently received notices of suspension last week. The pair were given until Friday to explain why they should keep their jobs.

The controversial policeman was recently shifted to another division within the police service, pending the outcome of an internal investigation over claims of a conspiracy against him.

The Daily News reported last week that the pair were served with notices of intention to suspend them by the police's legal services, while both men were reinstated to the SAPS earlier this year.

SAPS spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the issue of serving notices of suspension was matter between an employer and employee, and he would not be drawn on the matter.

It is understood the fresh attempt to suspend Mdluli and Lazarus is driven by acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, who was opposed to either reinstatement.

According to reports, Lazarus' notice includes the claim that new and additional information has come to light, regarding earlier instances of his mismanagement of the crime intelligence slush fund.

Civil organisation Freedom Under Law launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday demanding the court prevent the controversial Mdluli from acting as a police officer, pending a judicial review of his reappointment.

It also wants to stop the Police minister from assigning any duties to Mdluli until the review is heard.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector's office said it had not yet decided whether it would follow up on a request from Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to investigate possible abuse of authority.

The Public Protector's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi confirmed receiving the request.

“Minister Tokyo Sexwale has asked  the Public Protector to investigate possible abuse of power and state resources against the recently shifted head of crime intelligence,” said Masisbi.

Mdluli currently faces a host of allegations, including murder, corruption and nepotism, amongst others.

He is also implemented in the murder of the husband of a former girlfriend.

Charges against Mdluli were withdrawn, while the murder charge became an inquest.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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