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Mdluli not charged with murder again

By admin
19 June 2014

A charge of murder and attempted murder relating to the 1999 killing of Oupa Ramogibe will not be reinstated against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, Freedom Under Law (FUL) said on Wednesday

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Charges that had been reinstated by the National Prosecuting Authority against Mdluli included assault, intimidation and defeating the ends of justice, said FUL chairman Johann Kriegler.

"The information from the National Director of Public Prosecutions [NDPP] is that... in respect of the violence charges related to the murder, the prosecution is being reinstated in respect of all of the charges except for the murder charge," he said.

"The murder and attempted murder charges are not proceeding."

FUL was also informed that the NDPP had instructed senior prosecutors to review the possibility of reinstating fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli.

"But that hasn't happened yet. That is the only information I can give you. I have no idea when things are likely to happen."

On Tuesday night, the NPA confirmed that some charges had been reinstated against Mdluli, but could not reveal which ones.

Mdluli was suspended amid allegations of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to the murder of his ex-lover's husband Ramogibe in February 1999.

In the 15-year-old case, Mdluli and three others were initially accused of killing Ramogibe, as well as charges of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Ramogibe allegedly received death threats after marrying Mdluli's former girlfriend and was told to leave her or he would be killed. He opened an attempted murder case before his death. At the time, Mdluli was the station commander of the Vosloorus police station in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, and was accused of sabotaging the investigation.