‘Intellectual’ Mdluli ‘did his best’ when closing Ramokgibe docket

2012-09-20 14:17

Suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli has been asked why an “intellectual” like him would close an attempted murder docket in which he may have been a suspect.

Mdluli today spent his second day on the witness stand of the murder inquest into Oupa Ramokgibe’s death.

A cool and collected Mdluli, dressed in a stylish charcoal suit, easily batted most of prosecutor Kholeka Gcaleka’s questions related to his alleged involvement in the 1999 murder of Ramokgibe.

But a question mark still hung over the reason why Mdluli closed as “undetected” a case of attempted murder opened by Ramokgibe in December 1998.

Gcaleka put it to Mdluli that his explanation that he had not taken note of the victim names on the docket was “highly improbable”.

“I inspected the docket and if I closed the docket as undetected there’s a reason why I did that,” Mdluli testified.

Gcaleka then asked why an “intellectual” like Mdluli would close the case when the docket made it clear that bullet casings had been found on the scene and that these had not been sent to ballistics.

“I am an intellectual and I did my best when I closed that docket,” retorted Mdluli.

Mdluli yesterday testified that he thought of himself as an intellectual.

He also said that it was possible for such a docket to be re-opened in any event.

Mdluli said that “if the complainant was coming to complain that their case was not being investigated we would have re-opened the file”.

Mdluli testified that he had no idea that Ramokgibe, who was dating Mdluli’s lover, was the complainant of the docket he had closed.

But Gcaleka disputed this, reading into evidence an affidavit of Ramokgibe’s now deceased father.

He said that Mdluli had approached him at the family home.

“Mdluli said to me that your son has laid a charge against me ... now your son is going to die,” read the statement.

Mdluli replied: “I know nothing about that”, adding that the former investigating officer should be charged with obstructing justice if they hadn’t done their jobs properly.

Mdluli testified that he had only been to see Ramokgibe’s mother once, and that this was a part of Swazi culture.

“Culturally, if somebody has done something wrong to you and you know their families ... you inform them,” he said.

Mdluli said he had merely told Ramokgibe’s mother of the affair her son was having with Tshidi Buthelezi.

Mdluli denied that he ever made death threats against Oupa, or that he had lifted a hand against anyone.

He also maintained that the only reason he could think of for the resuscitation of murder charges against him was a plot by senior police officials.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, the police’s head of detectives, began testifying this afternoon.

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