Mdluli's suspension overturned

The Labour Court uplifts policeman Richard Mdluli's recent suspension

Richard Mdluli outside court 30 April, 2012. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial policeman Richard Mdluli on Friday secured an order to uplift his suspension at the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

Freedom Under Law said Mdluli missed his deadline to respond to its application to have him suspended.

The organisation is going to the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday in an attempt to prevent Mdluli from carrying out his duties as a police officer.

Mdluli was suspended on Sunday by acting national Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

The policeman's lawyers claimed the process was unlawful.

They approached the Labour Court to have the decision to suspend him overturned.

Freedom Under Law's Jeremy Gauntlett said it was asked to join the Labour Court action.

Gauntlett said it was still going ahead with its own court application in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"The simple point is that General Mdluli, rather than meeting us in court, went sideways to the Labour Court."

Earlier, the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that it was served with legal papers from Mdluli's lawyers following his recent suspension.

The former Crime Intelligence boss and financial head, Solly Lazarus, were suspended in May following allegations that they abused the secret service slush fund amongst other claims.

This followed more allegations that Mdluli was involved in the 1999 murder of his ex-lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe.

But both murder and fraud charges were withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Earlier in May, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced in Parliament that Mdluli would be shifted to another position within the police service.