Our zero this week is the tenacious Richard Mdluli, former head of the police crime intelligence division, who is doing his best to avoid answering to fraud and corruption charges – without much luck.
In September 2013, Judge John Murphy ruled in the Pretoria High Court that various criminal charges against Mdluli, which had been withdrawn, must be reinstated by the national director of public prosecutions and that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega must proceed with the disciplinary case that had also been aborted. The charges include murder, intimidation, money-laundering and fraud.
Mdluli and the NPA were given leave to appeal against Murphy’s decision. Last week the Supreme Court heard the appeal by Mdluli, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the National Prosecuting Authority against the high court decision.
The Supreme Court ruled that the corruption and fraud charges against Richard Mdluli must be reinstated – but it did not confirm that the decision to withdraw murder charges should be set aside.