NPA to appeal Mdluli ruling

The announcement was made by newly appointed NDPP head Mxolisi Nxasana on Tuesday.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - An appeal has been filed against Judge John Murphy's judgment in former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli's case, newly appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) head Mxolisi Nxasana confirmed on Tuesday.

Last week, lobby group Freedom Under Law (FUL) successfully challenged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s decision to withdraw charges against the controversial cop.

Shortly after Murphy's ruling, FUL said senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach had finally been vindicated.

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

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

FUL also said the ruling was a damning indictment on the NPA and police.

Murhpy's ruling meant Mdluli could be prosecuted on those charges.

The court ruled that Mdluli could also be charged with murder and kidnapping relating to a decade-old case involving Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe.

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

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Dene Smuts said they are disappointed with Nxasana's decision to push ahead with an appeal.

"It would have been great if prosecution could now commence. This would put this whole matter to rest."