Md­luli takes on Breyten­bach, 2 of­fi­cials

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SUS­PENDED po­lice crime in­tel­li­gence head Richard Md­luli has laid crim­i­nal charges against Glyn­nis Breyten­bach and two oth­ers, the po­lice said.

Md­luli has ac­cused Breyten­bach, prose­cu­tor Ger­rie Nel and Hawks in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Kobus Roelofse of con­spir­ing to kill him.

Na­tional po­lice spokesman Solomon Mak­gale con­firmed that charges had been laid on Thurs­day, and said the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Breyten­bach was sus­pended from the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) on April 30 last year.

She claimed that the then act­ing na­tional di­rec­tor of pub­lic prose­cu­tions, Nomg­cobo Jiba, sus­pended her to stop her from pros­e­cut­ing Md­luli on fraud and other charges.

In May, Breyten­bach was found not guilty on 15 counts by a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing which sat at the NPA head of­fice in Pre­to­ria.

A core charge against the anti- graft prose­cu­tor was fail­ing to act im­par­tially when in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Im­pe­rial Crown Trad­ing min­ing rights mat­ter, be­cause of “im­proper re­la­tions” with Sishen’s lawyer Mike Hel­lens.

Other charges in­cluded “sur­rep­ti­tiously leak­ing” NPA in­side in­for­ma­tion to Beeld jour­nal­ist Sonja Carstens, giv­ing her of­fi­cial NPA lap­top to her lawyer, and ma­lign­ing the NPA in the me­dia.

On Mon­day, the high court in Pre­to­ria ruled that Md­luli, the NPA and the po­lice’s spe­cialised com­mer­cial crime unit may ap­peal against a rul­ing that charges must be re­in­stated against Md­luli.

On Septem­ber 23 the same court or­dered that crim­i­nal and dis­ci­plinary charges be re­in­stated against the sus­pended po­lice head. – Sapa

TO COURT: Richard Md­luli

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