Pretoria - South Africa's suspended special director of public prosecutions, Lawrence Mrwebi, withdrew charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli without supplying valid reasons, the Mokgoro inquiry heard on Wednesday.
The evidence came from advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, who is the director of public prosecutions in the North Gauteng division. He was testifying in the inquiry, headed by retired Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro, which is probing deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba and Mrwebi's fitness to hold office.
Mzinyathi explained that he had a meeting with Mrwebi to discuss Mdluli's fraud case but they did not reach any agreement in respect of Mdluli's prosecution relating two BMWs he secured with a loan from Atlantis Nissan, the company which supplied vehicles to the SA Police crime intelligence division.
"We parted on the understanding that he is still going to do some research. The expectation was that he was going to come back to me for further discussions."
Mzinyathi said he was surprised to later receive memorandums from Mrwebi stating that he has decided to withdraw the charges against Mdluli.