Richard Mdluli. File photo: Boxer Ngwenya

Pretoria - A High Court judge has set aside a decision by the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) to withdraw charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

“The decision made on February 2012 by first respondent (NDPP) in terms criminal charges of murder, kidnapping, intimidation and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and defeating the ends of justice is hereby reviewed and set aside,” Judge John Murphy said in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

“The decision made on March 31, 2013 by or on behalf of 2nd respondent (national police commissioner) whereof 5th respondent (Mdluli) was reinstated as head of criminal intelligence in the SA Police Service with effect from March 31, 2012 is hereby reviewed and set aside.

“The first and third respondents (NDPP and head of specialised commercial crime unit respectively) are ordered to reinstate forthwith the criminal charges which were instated against the 5th respondent (Mdluli) under case number 155/07/2011 and case number 340/02/99 and to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that criminal proceedings for the prosecution of the criminal charges under the aforesaid cases are re-enrolled and prosecuted diligently and without delay.” - Sapa