Legal bid against Mdluli to be heard

Freedom Under Law is challenging a decision to withdraw criminal charges against Richard Mdluli.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria will today hear Freedom Under Law (FUL)'s legal bid relating to controversial former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The organisation was granted an urgent interim order in June last year blocking the national police commissioner from assigning any duties to Mdluli until the application is heard.

Mdluli was accused of murdering Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe in 1999, but an inquest found there was not enough evidence to charge him.

Ramogibe was romantically involved with Tsidi Buthelezi, the mother of one of Mdluli's children.

He has also been accused of fraud and corruption relating to the crime intelligence fund.

FUL wants a high court order forcing the prosecution and disciplinary action against Mdluli to be implemented with due diligence.

Retired Constitutional Court Justice and FUL chairperson, Johann Kriegler, says FUL is challenging decisions made to withdraw criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings against Mdluli.

"If he is acquitted let the commissioner appoint him. Let him become the National Commissioner of Police. But give the man and the people in South Africa their day in court in respect of the charges against this person."

The National Prosecuting Authority, head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit and police commissioner are opposing the application.