Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lawrence Mrwebi must face full force of the law - Werner Horn

Werner Horn
03 December 2014

DA MP welcomes decision to charge NPA's Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit head with defeating the ends of justice in Mdluli case

Mrwebi must face full force of the law

03 December 2014

The DA welcomes reports that the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) disgraced Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) Head, Lawrence Mrwebi, will stand trial for defeating the ends of justice in his handling of the Richard Mdluli matter (see BDLive report).

It is reported this morning that Mrwebi stands accused of deciding to withdraw the charges against discredited Crime Intelligence Head, Richard Mdluli, who was arrested in 2011, even though there was ample evidence to prosecute him.

Indeed the North Gauteng High Court has already found the decision to drop charges against Mdluli to be illegal, irrational and based on irrelevant considerations and material errors in the law.

Mdluli is currently facing charges for kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation and defeating the ends of justice related to the murder of his lover's ex-husband in February of 1999.

The DA has long held that the decision to drop the charges against Mdluli by Mrwebi is completely irrational and that Mrwebi as a senior official of the NPA must face the full might of the law.

The decision to drop charges against Mdluli was obviously politically motivated. Mrwebi is another example of how cadre deployment compromises the integrity of our prosecuting authority.

The DA is cautiously optimistic that the Pretoria Magistrates Court will vindicate our position on this matter and enable the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana, to immediately remove Mrwebi from the prosecuting authority upon conclusion of this case, once and for all.

Statement issued by Werner Horn MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, December 3 2014

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