Court upholds Mdluli corruption charges

The NPA had appealed a high court to drop the charges against the former crime intelligence boss.

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier court ruling to reinstate fraud and corruption charges against suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

The Bloemfontein court has agreed with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that withdrawing the case against Mdluli was irrational.

The NPA had appealed a High Court in Pretoria decision to drop the charges.

Spokesperson Nathi Mncube says, "We have confirmed that judgment was delivered today. We will study it and, of course, the former MP officials will then have to meet to consider their options. They will then advise everybody concerned, including members of the public."

In a unanimous ruling judges say it's clear that then acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba had no intention of overturning the decision to withdraw the charges against Richard Mdluli, thus Freedom Under Law had a right to go to court on the matter.

The organisation's chair judge Johan Kriegler says this is a victory.

"General Mdluli is on the hook and it is for the NPA and the commissioner to decide what to do about it."

But judges have said the NPA can't be forced to reinstate the charges automatically.

It now has to reconsider them and tell Freedom Under Law what it's decisions are.