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Mdluli case heads to SCA

NDPP has been granted leave to appeal the ruling to reinstate charges against Richard Mdluli.

The NDPP has been granted leave to appeal the ruling to reinstate criminal charges against Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and the head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court have been granted leave to appeal the ruling to reinstate criminal charges against former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The parties made a brief appearance in the North Gauteng High Court this morning.

The matter was scheduled to be heard in October, but was unexpectedly interrupted by an altercation between the judge and an advocate.

Freedom Under Law (FUL) did not oppose the application to have the matter reviewed in the Supreme Court of Appeal, saying it involves issues of significant public importance.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba made the order, adding that there were compelling reasons for the appeal and a reasonable prospect of success in a different court.

The NDPP believes the previous judge erred on numerous aspects, arguing that its office has the discretion on whether to withdraw charges or not.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has given FUL an undertaking that she will give it 20 days notice if she intends reinstating Mdluli.