Mdluli denies involvement in murder probe

2011-04-07 14:13

Crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli took the stand in the Boksburg Magistrates Court today and denied involvement in the murder investigation of Oupa Ramogibe.

“It was investigated by the murder and robbery unit in Germiston. I had nothing to do with the investigation,” he told the court.

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 Ramogibe in 1999.

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

Mdluli said the allegations against him were not new and that some newspapers had claimed he was linked to the crime in 2009.

He claimed there was an effort to discredit him in the media.

Mdluli, who said he was one rank below national police commissioner General Bheki Cele, admitted a previous conviction for drinking and driving in 1984 and told the court he had paid a R50 fine.

The court heard that Mdluli handed himself over to the police after hearing “through the grapevine” then verifying that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Ramogibe, who married a former lover of Mdluli, and was apparently threatened to leave her or be killed. He had opened an attempted murder case before his death.

Mdluli, who was at the time the station commissioner at the Vosloorus police station in Boksburg, on the East Rand, was accused of sabotaging the investigation.

Only Mdluli testified today. His co-accused handed in affidavits. Both Ximba and Dlomo said they intended pleading not guilty.

Earlier today, the court heard that Ximba believed the case against him was weak and that he believed he would be acquitted.

In his affidavit, which was read to the court, he said he had not been arrested near any crime, was not found in possession of any item that could link him to a crime, had not been picked out of an identity parade, and was not linked to a crime by fingerprints or any forensic evidence.

He denied involvement in the crime and said he had no desire to flee the country.

“I am not a flight risk. I don’t know who the State witnesses are and have no intention to intimidate or interfere with them,” he said.

He submitted that it was common knowledge that the State would find it difficult to prove its case given that 12 years had elapsed since the murder and that dockets were missing.

He did not understand why the State was opposing his bail on a mere allegation and submitted that there were exceptional circumstances justifying his release on bail.

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