NPA to re-enrol fraud charges against Richard Mdluli

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The National Prosecuting Authority says they will re-enrol fraud charges against former crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli.

The charges relate to flights to Singapore, abuse of the crime intelligence secret fund as well as fraud and corruption charges withdrawn against Mdluli by former special director of public prosecutions, Lawrence Mrwebi.

It is unclear when the charges will be re-enrolled but NPA head Shamila Batoyi says the declassification of crucial documents after more than a decade will enable them to charge Mdluli again.

Mdluli is not the only person that will be re-charged. Head of the Investigative Directorate of the NDPP, Hermione Cronje, says the fraud and corruption charges relating to the failed Estina Dairy farm in Vrede will also be re-enrolled.

“As you know from the court hearing the matter was withdrawn because we were awaiting bank statements, in particular from the UAE. We have addressed that problem. And so I’m told by the forensic investigator that they will have a final report at the end of the month and then the matter is ready to be re-enrolled. But there has been some reconfiguring as to how we will tackle the case because a whole lot of people were arrested and we have a slightly different strategy now.”