Suspended public prosecutions special director Lawrence Mrwebi did not mean to have the investigation into former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli quashed, his legal counsel said on Tuesday. The prosecution of Mdluli is one of the main issues raised at the inquiry into the fitness to hold office of Mrwebi and Nomgcobo Jiba, suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions. Mrwebi took the decision to withdraw charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in 2011 while Jiba was acting prosecutions boss. The decision to drop the charges was seen largely as politically motivated as the prosecutors in the case believed Mdluli had a case to answer. Mdluli and the two suspended senior National Prosecutions Authority officials were alleged to be close allies of Jacob Zuma when he was president. This decision to drop the charges was reviewed and set aside by the courts, but Mdluli has still not faced the justice system. Mrwebi’s counsel, Mervyn Rip, said at the inquiry, c...

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