‘Cop bosses behind campaign to discredited me’ – Mdluli

2011-04-07 16:48

Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has accused former acting police commissioner Tim Williams and late former Mpumalanga police commissioner Afrika Khumalo of being behind a campaign to discredit him prior to his appointment.

He said some people were using the media against him so he would not be promoted as the divisional commander of Crime Intelligence.

Mdluli was in possession of a classified report that he said he would make available to the court.

“I declassified it ... let it be in the eyes of the country.”

Khumalo had allegedly appointed two members of the murder and robbery unit in Germiston to find “anything on him” prior to his appointment.

Mdluli learned about it from the report. He said Khumalo and Williams had heard he was the front runner for the post and was allegedly using the media to discredit him.

Mdluli and three others – 52-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi, court orderly Samuel Dlomo (49) and Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba (38) – are accused of killing Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.

They are charged with intimidation, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

He said this was not the first time he had been linked to the killing of Ramogibe. In 2009 two newspapers claimed he was linked to the killing.

Mdluli said he was appointed by Cabinet and was a lieutenant general, one rank below Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele.

He said he had nothing to do with the murder investigation of Ramogibe.

Mdluli asked that he be released on bail, saying he trusted in the judiciary and would not leave the country.

He intends pleading not guilty to all the charges against him.

“If I’m given bail, I will still be under suspension, there’s nothing I can do to the witnesses, I don’t even know who the witnesses are.”

He said he would not use his police contacts to interfere with them. “I will abide by the rules of the law. I don’t know where the evidence is so how can I tamper [with] it,” he said in response to a question.

“I had ample time in these 12 years and had many ways to do it but I haven’t.”

He told the court he was on chronic medication, had ulcer and back problems and “I don’t want to be another person to end up in hospital”.

He was referring to Schabir Shaik who is on medical parole after being convicted of fraud and corruption.

The case continues.

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