Charge sheet sketches Richard Mdluli ‘love-triangle assault’

2014-08-11 20:00

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli allegedly went to extreme lengths between 1997 and 1999 to find out where his former lover Tshidi Buthelezi and her husband where hiding.

Mdluli and his co-accused Mthembeni Mtunzi-Omhle Mthunzi, 54, allegedly forced Buthelezi’s friend Alice Manana out of her Boksburg home and took her to the Vosloorus police station where she was slapped and punched for information about Buthelezi’s whereabouts.

This is according to the charge sheet presented at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, where Mdluli appeared earlier today.

Mthunzi and Mdluli worked together at the police station between 1997 and 1999, where Mdluli was the station commander.

Mdluli had had a long-term relationship with Buthelezi since school days and he claimed she was his wife. He bought a property in Dawn Park and lived there with her. Mdluli and Buthelezi had a child together.

During her relationship with Mdluli, Buthelezi met Oupa Ramogibe and they began a relationship, and later [July 22, 1998] married.

Buthelezi did not inform Mdluli of this development, and he found out about the wedding and obtained a copy of the marriage certificate.

According to the document, Ramogibe was in another relationship with Lerato Seballo at the same time as Buthelezi.

“Accused two [Mdluli] visited the homes of Seballo, Sophia Ramogibe, and Jostinah Ramogibe in an attempt to convince them by means of intimidation to put pressure on Tshidi Buthelezi and Oupa to end their relationship,” the charge sheet said.

“Buthelezi and Oupa went into hiding after they got married and it came to their knowledge that Mdluli was looking for them. At one stage, they hid in Orange Farm.”

The two accused then visited Manana at her Boksburg home in 1998, allegedly took her against her will, and instructed her to show them where Buthelezi and Oupa were hiding.

The accused took Manana to the Vosloorus police station where she was allegedly assaulted.

She was told to speak the truth or she would be killed.

They then took her to Orange Farm, and found Buthelezi and Oupa Ramogibe.

The couple were forcefully removed from the property and taken to the police station, where they were assaulted together.

Ramogibe was shot dead on February 17 1999.

The following day the Ramogibe family reported the incident which led to Ramogibe’s death to the police. Ramogibe allegedly received death threats after marrying Buthelezi and was told to leave her or he would be killed. He had opened an attempted murder case before his death.

“It will be alleged that accused two secreted the police dockets concerning the attempted murder of Alice Manana and the kidnapping of Oupa, in the safe in his office at the Vosloorus police station, to ensure that no further criminal investigations and/or criminal prosecutions would be instituted against him,” according to the charge sheet.

Earlier today, Mdluli was formally charged in court, and his case was postponed to October 7.

He faces charges including kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation, and defeating the ends of justice.

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