Mdluli saga taken to court

A civil organisation has taken it upon itself to address the Richard Mdluli saga.

Policeman Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Freedom Under Law (FUL) on Tuesday lodged an urgent interdict to prevent Richard Mdluli from continuing to act as a police officer, pending a judicial review of his reinstatement.

It also wants to interdict Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa from assigning any function to the controversial cop.

The application will be heard on June 5, but an earlier date will be sought from the deputy judge president.

According to an affidavit by FUL, former police commissioners Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele were suspended by Mthethwa, even though they faced less serious charges.

The document was signed by Dr Mamphela Ramphele, who said the Mdluli saga reflected a lack of accountability.

She said the whole process was partial and selective.

FUL said the purpose of its application is to correct the series of unlawful and unconstitutional decisions made by officials.

On Wednesday, Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be shifted to a new post following a conspiracy against him.

The minister said a task team will be appointed to investigate Mdluli's claim.

The sidelined Crime Intelligence boss is accused of murder, kidnapping, phone-tapping and corruption.

Mdluli is being investigated by Inspector General of Intelligence Faith Radebe.