Now Mdluli fights back

SUSPENDED head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli has

gone to court to challenge his suspension.

This comes after his lawyers had sent a letter to acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwa-nazi, demanding that it be lifted by Wednesday this week.

In the letter, Mdluli asked Mkhwanazi to give reasons for his suspension.

When Mkhwanazi did not respond, Mdluli filed papers at the labour court in Joburg yesterday. The matter was expected to be on the court roll today.

Mdluli and Solly Lazarus, the chief financial officer of the secret services account, were served with notices of an intention to suspend them two weeks ago.

But Lazarus is said to have told Mkhwanazi he had no powers to suspend him.

He said he had contravened neither the Secret Service Act nor the policy of the secret services account. As a result, Lazarus is still at work.

Mdluli’s lawyer, Ike Motloung, yesterday refused to say whether his client had taken his bosses to court.

But Motloung’s colleague, Wisani Mabaso, was at the labour court yesterday. – Solly Maphumulo