Wednesday, 20 April 2022 17:54

Corruption case against Richard Mdluli and co-accused postponed to May.

Staff Reporter.

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's corruption case has been postponed – again to the 11th of May.

Mdluli was due in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday for the state's bid to have the court rule that the case was being delayed unreasonably but, ironically, this application has also been postponed.

Mdluli and two others, former South African Police Service supply chain manager Heine Barnard, as well as chief financial officer, Solomon Lazarus, faced charges of corruption, fraud, and theft.

The trio made their first appearance in court in 2014 and it’s been painfully slow-going since then.

The latest proposed delay comes at Mdluli's request, as he wants to try and review the SAPS decision not to foot his legal bills.

But the state - itching to get the ball rolling - believed the case was being delayed unreasonably. They wanted to bring an application for the court to order that the case must proceed.

Independent Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka says the latest postponement was due to a technical delay.

"The postponement is due to Mdluli not having filled his responses to the section 342A application called by the state on grounds of unreasonable delay.

"An unreasonable delay application was brought about by Mdluli planning to bring a review application to his former employer (SAPS) after he was denied legal funding."

Mdluli is currently serving a five-year sentence for his September 2020 conviction in connection with the kidnapping and assault of Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.