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'Our plan was to eventually pursue Mdluli’s case’

Lawrence Mrwebi says his decision to withdraw charges against Richard Mdluli wasn’t a final one.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

SILVERTON - The head of the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, on Friday said his decision to withdraw fraud charges against policeman Richard Mdluli in December 2011 was never a final one. 

He said the matter remained under investigation and that charges could be reinstated at any time. 

Mrwebi yesterday testified in the disciplinary hearing of prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, who insists she was suspended in order to stop the prosecution of Mdluli.

But the NPA says she was suspended for her lack of impartiality in the fraud investigation into mining company Imperial Crown Trading (ICT), gross insubordination, and bringing the prosecuting body into disrepute.

Advocate Mrwebi got a taste of what is to come next week, when defense advocate Wim Trengove had five minutes to cross-examine him at the close of play at the NPA’s offices in Silverton, Pretoria.

Trengove asked whether Mrwebi had taken a final decision to withdraw charges against Mdluli.

“I don’t know where you get that final thing, nobody mentioned [anything about a] final decision here.”

Mrwebi insisted the decision was taken along with Breytenbach and North Gauteng director of public prosecutions advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, during a 9 December meeting.

“We agreed, all of us agreed, ‘these are serious defects; let’s correct them and thereafter reinstate the case against Mdluli’.”

Cross-examination will continue on Tuesday and is expected to be explosive.

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