PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi can be trusted to ensure Richard Mdluli remains suspended, South African Police Service (SAPS) lawyers told the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.
Organiation Freedom Under Law (FUL) is asking the court for an urgent interdict to prevent the former Crime Intelligence boss from carrying out his duties as a police officer.
Judge Ephraim Makgoba regularly intervened, telling police advocate Mandla Zulu that he does not understand why Mkhwanazi is opposing the application.
The judge said if the commissioner genuinely wants Mdluli suspended, then he should be supporting FUL’s application.
Zulu told the court it is a matter of principle and Mkhwanazi has already suspended Mdluli anyway.
He repeatedly assured the court there was no reason Mkhwanazi should not be trusted.
Mdluli’s legal representative Ike Motloung is also arguing against the application.
On Sunday, the Labour Court in Johannesburg granted the SAPS an urgent interdict after the same court earlier lifted Mdluli's suspension.
The former top cop was suspended pending an investigation into corruption, fraud and nepotism.
In May, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Parliamentarians that the controversial policeman would be moved from Crime Intelligence to the office of the deputy national police commissioner of operations, pending new investigations.
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)