Former spy boss claims conspiracy

2012-09-22 15:09

Mdluli maintains allegations are a police ‘plot’

Suspended spy boss Richard Mdluli says he “knows something” that those who are leading evidence against him in a murder inquest don’t: there really was a plan by top cops to depose him.

This was Mdluli’s deadpan reply to prosecutor Kholeka Gcaleka when she put it to him this week that a task team headed by State Law Adviser Enver Daniels found there was no plot against Mdluli.

“On that, I know something you don’t know,” said Mdluli, refusing to say anything further.

The former head of police crime intelligence was in court this week to defend himself in an inquest into the 1999 murder of Vosloorus man Oupa Ramokgibe.

Mdluli and three co-accused were arrested in connection with the murder, but all charges against them were dropped in February this year.

The inquest before Magistrate Jurg Viviers will determine the cause of Ramokgibe’s death and whether anyone can be held responsible.

A smartly dressed Mdluli, who arrived at court in a luxury car with the licence plate “1 GOD”, this week maintained there was a plot to oust him.

He said this was the “only reason” he could think of for the resuscitation of a 13-year-old murder investigation into him.

On Friday, Mdluli’s claim appeared to be supported by a slight-of-build East Rand detective, Johannes du Plessis, who was responsible for investigating the original murder claims against Mdluli in 1999.

In a shock revelation under cross-examination by Mdluli’s attorney Ike Motloung, Du Plessis confirmed he had been instructed by senior Hawks officer Major-General Shadrack Sibiya to make an affidavit with additional information in it.

He compiled this second affidavit in March last year, just weeks before Mdluli and four co-accused were arrested and charged with the murder.

Du Plessis’ first affidavit in the Hawks investigation, taken in December 2010, merely said he had followed up suspicions of Mdluli’s involvement in the murder, but had determined these were pure speculation.

Mdluli first outlined the conspiracy allegation in a letter he wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa last year.

He accused former police commissioner Bheki Cele, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros and detection services head Godfrey Lebeya of conspiring to remove him as the head of crime intelligence.

Lebeya also testified this week.

Under cross-examination by Motloung, he said Mdluli was arrested at about the same time Cele was implicated in tender irregularities for the leasing of police headquarters.

Motloung put it to Lebeya that “you, together with ... Cele and others, thought Mdluli stood a chance of being the next (police) boss and you connived against him”.

An agitated Lebeya replied that “an inquiry team was put in place by the minister to look into (those allegations). I think it indicated that such a conspiracy did not exist”.

Motloung said Lebeya had been “used very effectively” by Cele against another senior police official and that Mdluli was his “next target”.

But in re-examining Lebeya, prosecutor Gcaleka said the fact that the task team had found there was no conspiracy against Mdluli explained why “he didn’t want to answer about it”.

City Press understands Mdluli was called by police officials and asked to buy into the findings of the task team before they were made public.

At the close of proceedings on Friday, Magistrate Viviers said that in light of the evidence the inquest had already heard, there would be little need for Hawks investigating officer Kobus Roelofse to be cross-examined.

The case continues on Tuesday.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.