Heated exchange at Mdluli case

Judge John Murphy postponed the matter following a heated debate with an attorney.

Former Crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - A heated exchange between an advocate and a judge has interrupted an application for leave to appeal the decision to reinstate charges against former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and the head of Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit want to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

But before he matter could get underway, Freedom Under Law (FUL) applied to the court to have a previous interim interdict preventing Mdluli from returning to work reinstated.

The heated exchange took place when Judge John Murphy asked a question about whether Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was opposing the application because she wanted Mdluli back at work.

Advocate William Mukhari told the judge his question was presumptuous and he would not respond to it.

Leaning forward in his chair, Murphy reprimanded Mukhari saying how dare he say that to him.

But the advocate persisted saying he would not entertain the question.

Shouting over Mkhari's voice, Murphy ordered the advocate to sit down because he no longer recognised him in his court.

The judge immediately adjourned proceedings when Mukhari ignored the instruction.