Cele to act on Mdluli

2011-04-20 15:18

National police boss General Bheki Cele is poised to suspend murder accused crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

Mdluli, who was granted R20 000 bail today, faces charges of murder, attempted murder, intimidation, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating and/or obstructing the ends of justice.

The charges relate to the 1999 murder of Vosloorus resident Oupa Ramokgibi and an earlier attempt on his life in 1998.

While delivering judgment on Mdluli’s bail application in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court, magistrate Sethibe Magampa said Mdluli faced “imminent suspension” and was therefore unlikely to influence investigations.

Mdluli’s lawyer, Ike Motloung, later confirmed in court that Cele had asked Mdluli to give reasons why he should not be suspended.

Motloung was arguing for his bail conditions to be relaxed, which include that his client and his three co-accused do not visit the Boksburg, Vosloorus, Germiston and Dawn Park police stations, crime intelligence and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices.

The police stations held the Ramokgibi dockets at different stages.

Motloung objected to Mdluli being barred from NPA offices.

“What if my client wants to make representations to the national director of public prosecutions (Menzi Simelane)?” asked Motloung.

SA Police Service spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said suspension was an internal matter.
“There are processes that must be followed. Until such matters are finalised I can’t discuss it in the public domain,” Naidoo said.

Mdluli’s co-accused, Warrant Officer Zwelendawo Dhlomo, Colonel Nkosana Ximba and Lieutenant-Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi were each released on R10 000 bail.

They face charges similar to Mdluli’s, excluding the one of defeating and/or obstructing the course of justice.

The trial is expected to resume on June 24.

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