The Pretoria High Court has issued a warrant of arrest against former crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli for his failure, yet again, to appear in court this afternoon.

Mdluli is facing several charges related to allegations of the gross abuse of the police intelligence slush fund which he and his co-accused allegedly used for personal gain.

Judge Bert Bam ruled that Mdluli had been ordered to appear in court and he requested that a 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.

Bam stated that there was no reason why he could not appear before court today.

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

Bam postponed the matter to 12 March for the setting of a trial date. 

The suspects are facing several charges related to the allegation of gross abuse of the police intelligence slush fund. The charges include allegations regarding the payment of private trips to China and Singapore, the private use of witness protection houses, conversion of a property for personal use and the leasing out of Mdluli’s private residence to the state in order to pay his bond.

In September 2020 Richard Mdluli and his co-accused, Mthembeni Mthunzi, were sentenced to five yers in jail after they were convicted of the 1998 assault and kidnapping of Oupa Ramogibe, who had married ­Mduli’s customary law wife, Tshidi Buthelezi. Mdluli had allegedly threatened to kill Ramogibe if he did not leave Buthelezi.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng found the pair guilty of two counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and two counts of assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm.

Mdluli and Mthunzi had unsuccessfully argued in court for a non-custodial sentence.


Presh JM Reporter

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