‘Unwell’ ex-Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli a no-show in court

Ipid said all it knew was that he was unwell, but a full explanation was given to the judge.

FILE: Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has again failed to appear in court on Monday to face fraud and corruption charges.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said all it knew was that he was unwell, but a full explanation was given to the judge.

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He is currently serving a five-year sentence for the kidnapping and assault of Oupa Ramogibe.

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He was first scheduled to appear in court last November for fraud, corruption and theft with Heine Bernard and Solomon Lazarus.

But Ipid spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said the case had again been postponed to 19 February for a pre-trial conference and the accused were now expected to be back in court next month.

A full explanation hasn’t been disclosed about the nature of his illness.

The SIU said allegations against Mdluli included abusing the police intelligence slush fund to pay for private trips to China and Singapore and renting his private property to government to pay-off his bond.

The SIU’s Sindisiwe Twala explained the charges: “The allegations include payment of private trips to China and Singapore, private use of witness protection houses, conversion of this property for personal use and the leasing out of Mdluli’s private residence to the state in order to pay his bond, amongst others.”

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