Richard Mdluli back in court

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 7, 2014

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli is due back in court Tuesday where he faces charges of kidnapping and assault. Mdluli was initially charged with the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe, his former lover’s husband before the National Prosecuting Authority dropped the case three years ago.

Prosecutors are also trying to decide if there is enough evidence to charge Mdluli with fraud and corruption in a separate case. He is alleged to have used his position to employ family members and friends as intelligence operatives and allegedly used police funds to buy luxury cars.

Previously, former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach claimed that she was suspended after she refused to withdraw the case against Mdluli – a case she believed was strong.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Appeal agreed with her assessment and ordered the NPA to reinstate Mdluli’s corruption charges. The NPA is yet to do that.

The coming months will determine just how ready or willing the NPA is to reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli.