JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer for former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, said he only read about his client’s latest suspension in Sunday’s newspapers.
On Sunday, the South African Police Service said Mdluli was served with a letter of suspension through his lawyer, on Saturday evening.
The recent suspension came after "serious allegations" emerged from an ongoing court inquest into the murder of Oupa Ramogibe.
Ramogibe was killed in 1999, and was romantically involved with Mdluli’s former lover. Mdluli has been accused of being involved in the murder.
Mdluli was first suspended in 2011, pending the outcome of an investigation into accusations of fraud. He was accused of abusing funds from the Crime Intelligence Unit, and buying two luxury cars with the money.
He was also accused with corruption, for the hiring and promoting of family relatives.
In March, fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn, and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.
But in May, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be removed as crime intelligence boss, and given a position in the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations.
Police spokesperson Lindela Mashigo confirmed that police decided to officially suspend him again.
“We tried to locate the general, and after we failed to locate him, we were left with no other option but to serve the notice of a letter of suspension to his lawyer.”
But Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung said he was only made aware of the letter of notice on Sunday morning.
“I’m shocked by the news, I was not aware. I was not served with anything.”
Motloung said he received an e-mail regarding Mdluli, but “I’m not sure whether legally, this is proper serving,” he added.
Earlier this month, Mdluli and former head of finance for the Crime Intelligence Unit, Solly Lazarus, were served with notices of intention to suspend them.
Both men were given seven days to give reasons as to why they should not be suspended.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)