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Phiyega’s office to ensure Mdluli’s case is addressed

Riah Phiyega is helping in the fraud case against Richard Mdluli, which was struck from the roll yesterday.

FILE: National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office says it will work with the new prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams to ensure former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's case is addressed.

The Commercial Crimes Court yesterday struck the fraud case against him from the roll after the state unsuccessfully asked for another postponement.

The state claims it needed more time to declassify documents needed for its case against Mdluli.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale confirmed that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had asked the police for help in this regard.

"There was a letter that was received from the former national director of prosecution and but it was unsigned. So we immediately engaged the office of the NPA and to this day we are still waiting."

Makgale says the matter will now be dealt with.

"The Hawks, who are investigating this case, will then enter into discussions with the NPA with regards to the documents that are being sought. It is something that is not in the control of the national commissioner at this point in time."

Yesterday, prosecutors told Eyewitness New s that they believed police management, including Phiyega, purposefully frustrated the investigation into Mdluli to shield him from prosecution.

Prosecutor Arno Rossouw and the police investigator have been trying since February to have key documents declassified, with the process culminating with former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana, asking Phiyega to step in.

An NPA official told EWN they believed the process was purposefully delayed, which led to the court striking the matter from the roll.

The magistrate did however make it clear that the three accused could still be charged once the police sort their problems out.