The interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court this afternoon preventing controversial spy cop Richard Mdluli from performing any police duties pending the outcome of a judicial review is a victory for all South Africans.
Today's judgment, at the request of Freedom Under Law, has ensured that both the public interest and the rule of law reign supreme.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) concurs with the Court that the allegations of fraud, murder and theft levelled against Mdluli are not 'normal allegations' and that they erode trust in the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The DA also agrees that it is of considerable public importance that the Mdluli saga be brought to a speedy end to restore confidence in the police and criminal justice system.
The South African public has for the better part of a year been faced with continuous revelations of how the alleged conduct of Mdluli and the reported involvement of senior politicians have damaged a number of key state institutions within the criminal justice system.
Today's landmark judgment represents a pivotal turning point in the Mdluli saga and the DA hopes that it signals the beginning of the end of one of the most controversial police scandals in our nation's history.
Dianne Kohler Barnard, Shadow Minister of Police