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Mdluli case to continue - police

The SA Police Service and suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's lawyers were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Monday.

“We just received a call from the court registrar saying we have to be in court by 10am,” said Brigadier Lindela Mashigo.

(File image) Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Photo: Steve Lawrence. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Mashigo said the SAPS would appear in court even though the court had ruled in favour of its application on Sunday.

“Even though the decision was made on Sunday, the hearing was originally set for Monday and it is still on the court roll,” he said.

“So we will be appearing, even though we are not sure what will happen today.”

Mdluli had been granted an order lifting his suspension by the same court on Friday, despite the absence of SAPS lawyers in court.

In court papers, attorney William Mokhari SC arguing for acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on Saturday, said Friday's order was secured under circumstances which were grossly irregular.

He questioned how the court could have ruled on the matter when the case had been set down for Monday.

Mokhari said all parties involved in the case were informed on Thursday afternoon that it would only be heard on Monday.

Mdluli was suspended for the second time on May 27 by Mkhwanazi.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to the misuse of a secret crime intelligence fund to buy luxury vehicles, and to hire family members.

He also faced a murder charge for the death of his former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe. The charges led to his initial suspension.

This year, all the charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated in March. This was widely criticised by, among others, the Democratic Alliance and lobby group Freedom Under Law.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa later moved Mdluli to a different division but Mkhwanazi subsequently opted to suspend him. - Sapa

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