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Mdluli expected in court

The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court ruling ordering the NPA to reinstate charges against Mdluli.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former Police Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli will appear in court today on charges believed to be in connection with the 1999 murder of a Vosloorus man.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling, ordering the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to reinstate charges against Mdluli.

It's alleged the former Vosloorus police station's head of detectives plotted the murder of Oupa Ramogibe, who was apparently his lover's husband.

The ghost of Ramogibe has once against returned to haunt the former crime intelligence boss but it appears unlikely murder will be included on this charge sheet.

It's understood Mdluli will face charges of intimidation, kidnapping and assault when he appears in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court today.

An inquest heard at the Boksburg Magistrates Court cleared the former intelligence boss of Ramogibe's murder in November 2012.

But lobby group Freedom Under Law approached the High Court in Pretoria to have the charges reinstated, as there was sufficient evidence to secure a prosecution.

Meanwhile, the NPA has confirmed that three of its top officials have been criminally charged with perjury, as President Jacob Zuma is still deciding whether to suspend its head Mxolisi Nxasana.

The City Press reported on Sunday that Nxasana's deputy, advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit head advocate Lawrence Mrwebi and Pretoria provincial prosecutions boss Sibongile Mzinyathi now face criminal charges.

It's understood these relate to their conduct during their decision to withdraw charges against Mdluli.

In April the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the decision to withdraw charges against Mdluli was illegal and irrational.

The judges also said that the version of events offered by Mrwebi in particular was so incredible that it had to be rejected out of hand, in other words they didn't believe him.

Now it appears that Nxasana is taking action.

But if he's suspended then normally Jiba would act in his place, so this could also be a pre-emptive move by Nxasana.

Senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says the NPA lost its integrity the day its former head Vusi Pikoli left the organisation.

Pikoli is known for pushing ahead with criminal charges against disgraced top cop Jackie Selebi.

Breytenbach says Nxasana is trying to clean up the rot that has set in.

She says she regrets not defending Pikoli.

"We should all have defended him then and we didn't, myself included, something of which I am not proud. We lost our own dignity forever."

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