Mdluli to challenge state funding declination

Richard Mdluli is considering challenging the state's decision not to pay for his legal fees.

Richard Mdluli considers challenging the state's decision not to pay for his legal fees.

PRETORIA - Richard Mdluli is considering challenging the state's decision not to pay for his legal fees.

Police Crime Intelligence Boss Richard Mdluli's lawyer told the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, his client was considering challenging the state's decision not to pay for his legal fees.

Mdluli asked the state to pay for his lawyer in the inquiry into the 1999 murder of the Vosloorus man, Oupa Ramogibe.

The top cop and three other policemen were charged with the murder, but these were later withdrawn.

Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motlaung told the court they had received a written reply, saying an application for state funding for his client's legal fees was declined.

Motlaung took instructions to look at the possibility of having that decision reviewed.

Magistrate Jurge Viviers set down the matter for a month in September, saying it will go ahead with or without Mdluli's legal representation.

Viviers said when making his decision, he considered the rights of the victim's families as well as the witnesses scheduled to testify on the matter.