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NPA’s Mdluli decision questioned

FUL approached the court in an attempt to force the NPA and Saps to proceed with criminal charges.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s decision to drop murder, kidnapping, corruption and fraud charges against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was called into question in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Freedom Under Law (FUL) approached the Pretoria court in an attempt to force the NPA to proceed with criminal charges.

The lobby group also wants the South African Police Service (Saps) to conduct a disciplinary hearing against Mdluli.

The police's decision to reinstate Mdluli after he was suspended also came into question.

FUL's Advocate Vincent Maleka questioned why Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi took the decision not to charge Mdluli without consulting anyone.

He also wanted to know why the Director of Public Prosecutions in Johannesburg Andrew Chauke didn't consult when he chose not to go ahead with 18 criminal charges against the controversial cop.

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 a secret Crime Intelligence fund.

The decision of the inquest judge was also called into question.

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