Mdluli visits to Ramogibe family ‘ordinary custom among blacks’

2012-09-04 10:54

The lawyer representing former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli has accused the sister of murdered Oupa Ramogibe of “getting clever” with the police.

Justina Ramogibe became the fourth witness to testify in the inquest which has been launched into the 1999 murder of Ramogibe.

In her testimony, she described how her family had lost all faith in the police after her brother, Oupa, who was having an affair with Mdluli’s girlfriend, was murdered.

She testified that she had been raped by unidentified men in a police vehicle and that her mother had received a threatening phone call the next day warning her not to pursue a criminal complaint or her other daughters would be raped.

This was before Justina had ever told her mother of being raped.

But the lawyer representing Mdluli, Ike Motloung, questioned why the family had given Hawks officers statements in January last year, when they had lived in fear of the police since 1999.

“What happened on that day that suddenly brought your faith back?”

Justina replied it was “because members of the Hawks came to our house and told us they wanted to open a case”.

Motloung said she was stumbling across her answers because she was “getting clever” with the police and saying things she had never said in all the years since the murder.

He said that Mdluli, if called to testify, would deny that he had ever made threats that he would kill Ramogibe if he found him.

He said that a visit Mdluli had made to Oupa’s mother, Sophia, was not a threatening one.

“Is it not so, in ordinary human relations, especially among blacks, if you find out your wife or even your girlfriend is having an affair, you will go to their parents and ask them to tell him to stop?”

Justina conceded that this was so, but said you couldn’t threaten them with death.

In February, murder charges relating to Oupa’s death were dropped against police officers Richard Mdluli, Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba, Lieutenant-Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi and Samuel Dlomo.

Under cross examination by Paul Leisher, representing Ximba, Justina said she could not remember the reason the Hawks had given her family for wanting to re-open the case.

Leisher said she had a “selective memory” because she remembered things that had happened 13 years ago “beautifully” but not an event which happened last year.

The inquest is set to determine the cause of death of Oupa Ramogibe and whether anyone can be held responsible.

The three lawyers represent the interest of the former accused at the inquest.

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