Mdluli court minute of silence for Mandela

2014-12-05 11:38
Richard Mdluli. (File: City Press)

Richard Mdluli. (File: City Press)

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Johannesburg - The High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, observed a minute's silence for former president Nelson Mandela on Friday, ahead of the appearance of former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Shortly before 10:00, a court official announced that there would be a moment of silence to remember Mandela, who died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 5 December last year.

"We will have 67 seconds of silence for Madiba. It is not compulsory," he said.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela entered the court and, after the moment of silence, everyone in the courtroom sang the national anthem.

Fraud and corruption charges

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli, in an order sought by Freedom Under Law.

Mdluli appeared on 7 October, when the matter was postponed so the defence could be provided with documents.

He was suspended amid allegations of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to the murder of his former lover Tshidi Buthelezi's husband Oupa Ramogibe in February 1999.

The fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn on 14 December 2011, and in March 2012, Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.

Murder charges

A month later, the NPA provisionally withdrew the murder charges, pending an inquest. In May that year, then police minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that Mdluli would be transferred from crime intelligence to the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations.

Later, he was suspended for a second time when allegations emerged from the inquest into Ramogibe's murder. In November 2012, the inquest cleared him of any involvement in the murder.

According to the charge sheet presented at a hearing in August, Mdluli went to extreme lengths between 1997 and 1999 to find out where Buthelezi and Ramogibe were hiding.

Mdluli had a long-term relationship with Buthelezi from school days and he claimed she was his wife.

During her relationship with Mdluli, Buthelezi met Ramogibe and they began a relationship. They married on 22 July 1998.

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