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Mdluli ruling 'a victory for SA'

Freedom Under Law says the decision to reinstate charges also vindicates Glynnis Breytenbach.

Richard Mdluli outside court 30 April 2012. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA - A court ruling ordering charges be reinstated against former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli has vindicated prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, Freedom Under Law (FUL) said on Monday.

The lobby group also says Monday's ruling is a damning indictment on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and police.

Breytenbach was recently cleared of numerous allegations of improper conduct following a lengthy disciplinary hearing.

She maintains the charges were formulated because of her insistence that Mdluli be charged with fraud and corruption.

Judge John Murphy ordered the NPA to reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli.

Theses charges are linked to a secret slush fund.

The court also ordered that murder and kidnapping charges be reinstated.

These charges relate to a decade-old case involving Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe.

Ramogibe was allegedly killed by Mdluli because he had an affair with his girlfriend.

In court on Monday, Murphy slammed Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, who was acting national police commissioner at the time.

He stopped an internal disciplinary process against Mdluli.

FUL's Johan Kriegler says Murphy believed Breytenbach, dismissing the version provided by Specialised Commercial Crime Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi, who unilaterally withdrew charges against Mdluli.

The former Constitutional Court judge described Monday's ruling as a comprehensive victory all round for FUL, adding that it has reinforced his confidence in the judicial system.

"It's a fundamental, comprehensive victory for the rule of law and ultimately, a victory for the people of South Africa," Kriegler said.

The NPA says it is still studying the judgment.