FUL wants Mdluli 'stripped of all powers'

FUL will go to court on Tuesday to stop Richard Mdluli from executing any duties within the SAPS.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Constitutional organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) will go to the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday to stop former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli from executing any duties within the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Two more organisations, Corruption Watch and the Social Justice Coalition, want to join the application.

Mdluli was again suspended last week by acting police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkwananzi.

His suspension was lifted after his attorney's approached the Labour Court.

In a drastic turnaround of events, the police countered Mdluli's application and had an interdict granted which upheld his suspension.

He is facing allegations of corruption and fraud, relating to the misuse of funds belonging to the Crime Intelligence Unit and buying two luxury cars.

Mdluli is also accused of hiring and promoting family relatives.

The controversial policeman was further implicated in the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe, the boyfriend to his former lover.

FUL wants the court to grant an interdict preventing Mdluli from carrying out any duties as a policeman and preventing the commissioner from giving him any tasks to execute.

It wants this order granted pending a full judicial review of the decisions taken to reinstate him to his job earlier this year.

Mdluli was first suspended last year.

He was reinstated as crime intelligence head in March, after all charges against him were withdrawn.

But Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa moved him to the operations department in May, until Mkwananzi decided to suspend him again.

FUL's Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett said it would be "best" if Mdluli was stripped of all his powers.

The policeman has maintained he is the victim of a conspiracy and has applied to the Johannesburg Labour Court to lift his latest suspension.