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Mdluli's lawyer 'should've known better'

The presiding judge says she's frustrated by Ike Motloung's failure to show up in court today.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The judge presiding over the Richard Mdluli case in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge says she's frustrated about having to postpone the matter because the former crime intelligence boss's lawyer failed to show up.

Judge Lucy Mailula has told the court that Mdluli's lawyer, Ike Motloung, who is currently an acting judge, should have known better.

Mdluli made a brief appearance in the court earlier on Monday on charges including intimidation and assault.

The former police boss is facing charges including kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice relating to a 1999 murder of a Vosloorus man.

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The charges were reinstated after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling against them being withdrawn.

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) says it has been trying to set up a court date with Mdluli's lawyer since June without success.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says the state is seeking to set down a trial date as soon as possible.

The state says it already has a list of more than 60 people to testify.

He is expected back in court next month.

MDLULI FAMILY: CHARGES ARE A POLITICAL PLOT

Mdluli's family believe the reinstated charges are part of a political plot against him.

A spokesperson for the family believes the charges brought against Mdluli are a plot by some individuals in and outside the NPA to destroy his career.

"This is a prosecution at its best. We are disappointed about all these things taking place around Mdluli and his co-accused."

Mdluli arrived with an entourage as he entered the palm ridge court room.

The Mdluli family believe the former crime intelligence boss is innocent and the criminal charges against him will not stick.