Ramogibe’s mother tells of threatening call

2012-09-05 10:27

The day after Oupa Ramogibe’s sister was kidnapped and raped, her mother received a phone call asking if her child had “enjoyed herself”.

This is what Sophia Ramogibe, Oupa’s mother, testified earlier today in the inquest into his 1999 death.

Murder charges related to Ramogibe’s death against former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli and three co-accused were controversially dropped in February.

Ramogibe was in love with Tshidi Buthelezi, a woman Mdluli claimed was his wife.

Lawyer Ike Motloung, who is representing Mdluli’s interests in the inquest, today cross-examined Sophia about a threatening phone call she received in 2000, after her daughter Justina had been raped.

The caller allegedly told Sophia: “Hey mama, I heard you cried severely after the death of your child, it seems you are still going to cry further ... when you realise what we did.”

Sophia said the person also said: “If you do not stop pursuing this (murder) case (related to Oupa) you will see what happens to your other girl child.”

Sophia said she dropped to her knees at this point, and gave the phone to her sister, who was also present.

“According to report from my sister, that person was under the impression I was still on the phone.

The person asked her if my daughter enjoyed herself,”’ Sophia told the court.

She faced a series of difficult questions from Motloung, which she battled to answer.

She could not provide an answer as to why she had not made the link between the rape and Oupa’s murder in her original statement to police in 2000.

“I put it to you in that statement, you said nothing to police about the rape of your daughter and how it is linked to the death of your son,” said Motloung.

Motloung questioned why she did not mention the link when her original statement was made, when “things were still very clear in her mind”.

Sophia could not give a clear answer to this line of questioning.

She also contradicted herself when she testified in court that she had only received one phone call from this unidentified caller.

In her original statement, she said he had called back.

The cross-examination continues.


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