(File image) Richard Mdluli. Photo: Steve Lawrence

Johannesburg - Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's challenge to his suspension from the police will continue in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Thursday.

During his last appearance at the beginning of June, Judge Andre van Niekerk ordered that Mdluli should file answering affidavits by June 13.

Mdluli is challenging his suspension after the court granted an order lifting it, but subsequently overturned it again.

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

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

An inquiry into the murder would continue in September.

This year, all the charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated in March.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 acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi subsequently suspended him. - Sapa