Mdluli failed to appear in court

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The Gauteng High Court has issued a warrant of arrest against former crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli, for failure to appear in court on Thursday.

Judge Bert Bam ruled that Mdluli was ordered to appear and a request letter be sent to the Department of Correctional Services to bring him to court from prison, where he is currently serving his sentence in a separate matter.

Investigating Directorate Spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala said Bam stated that there was no reason why Mdluli could not appear before court today.

“His co-accused Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus appeared on charges of corruption, fraud, and theft. Heine faces an additional charge of defeating the ends of justice.”

The charges relate to the allegation of gross abuse of the police intelligence slush fund. They include payment of private trips to China and Singapore and private use of witness protection.

The matter was postponed to 12 March 2021 for setting a trial date.

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