Mdluli to fight suspension

Richard Mdluli's lawyer sent a letter to Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi ordering for his suspension to be lifted.

Richard Mdluli will fight his suspension. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial policeman Richard Mdluli is reportedly planning to fight against his suspension.

Mdluli is expected to challenge his suspension in court after his lawyer sent a letter to acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Earlier this week the South African Police Services (SAPS) flatly denied claims that Mdluli's suspension had been placed under review.

The former head of Crime Intelligence and his colleague Solly Lazarus were suspended in April, following allegations that they abused the secret service slush fund, amongst other claims. It was alleged Mdluli used the fund for personal gain and to purchase goods for close relatives.

The Star newspaper said that in the letter Mdluli tells Mkhwanazi that if his suspension is not lifted by the last Wednesday of May, he will take the matter to the Labour Court. That deadline has past.

It is also understood that Lazarus, the financial head of Crime Intelligence, is fighting his suspension, claiming Mkhwanazi did not have the authority to investigate him and as a result is still in his office.

Neither Mdluli's lawyers nor the police have confirmed claims that this matter is now moving to the Labour Court.

The controversial top cop has been in the spotlight since his sudden arrest in 2011 for the murder of Oupa Abel Ramogibe, the husband of Mdluli's former girlfriend.

Before this sudden arrest, Mdluli obtained an intelligence report detailing allegations of corruption against suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele and his alleged suspicious activities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The report looked at allegations made against Cele and contracts awarded during and after his term as the MEC for Transport in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mdluli sent a letter to Zuma in November 2011, claiming "victimisation and abuse of state resources".

In the letter, Mdluli detailed he was being framed for murder.