Richard Mdluli police slush fund case postponed – again
Disgraced Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli was, once again, a no-show at the Pretoria High Court, on Monday.
Richard Mdluli delays corruption trial with another no-show
The infamous former crime intelligence boss cited ‘ill health’ as a reason for his absence, forcing the court to reschedule proceedings.
The Richard Mdluli & Others corruption case is one of the matters being investigated and prosecuted by the Investigating Directorate under the 'Security Sector' cases.— NPASouthAfrica (@NPA_Prosecutes) February 8, 2021
Matter postponed to 19 Feb for pre-trial conference. pic.twitter.com/X8ibU0a8dB
Therefore, the court has decided that a pre-trial hearing will be held, without a need for Mdluli’s appearance, on Thursday 19 February 2021.
“Judge Bam ordered that the accused need not attend the pre-trial hearing which will be in open court. However, the accused need to be present during the next sitting, which will be held on 4 March 2021,” the National Prosecuting Authority noted in a statement.
A police slush fund that paid for lavish lifestyles
With little room to cause further delays, Mdluli and his co-accused will have to face the music in a month’s time. The ex-police head, Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus face charges of corruption, fraudand theft. Heine, according to NPA spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala, faces an additional charge “of defeating the administration of justice.”
“The charges are related to allegations of gross abuse of the police intelligence slush fund. The allegations include payment of private trips to China and Singapore, private use of witness protection houses, conversion of this property for personal use and the leasing out of Mdluli’s private residence to the state in order to pay his bond, among others,” the NPA confirmed.
Mdluli is currently serving a five-year sentence for his role in the kidnapping and assault of his former lover’s husband Oupa Ramogibe in 1998.
While he was never charged for the killing of Ramogibe in 1999, murmurs tying him to the crime have lingered around his name.