Mdluli cleared by court

2012-11-02 10:56

The “force and intensity” with which a 13-year-old murder investigation into suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli was resuscitated was a “clear indication” that there was a plot against Mdluli by senior police officers.

This was the ruling of Magistrate Jurg Viviers in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court today, who found that Mdluli will not be prosecuted for the 1999 murder of Vosloorus resident Oupa Ramokgibe.

Viviers found that although the theory that Mdluli was responsible for masterminding the murder was “consistent with the facts”, this was not the only possible explanation.

Viviers found there was clear evidence of a plot against Mdluli, despite the fact that a government task team led by State Law Adviser Envor Daniels earlier this year found there wasn’t.

“The force and intensity with which the investigation was resuscitated is a clear indication that the top ranking officials saw this undisposed matter as an opportunity from which they could benefit,” ruled Viviers.

In a letter Mdluli wrote to President Jacob Zuma last year, he accused axed police chief Bheki Cele, Gauteng police boss Mzwandile Petros, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and head of detectives Godfrey Lebeya of plotting against him.

In reference to the alleged love triangle between Mdluli, Ramokgibe and Tshidi Buthelezi, Mdluli’s one-time girlfriend, the magistrate found that it made “no sense that any person that has been confronted with a domestic related issue would run the risk of involving five other persons to plan and succeed with killing the third player in a love triangle”.

Viviers found that “what appeared to be a skeleton in the cupboard for Mdluli was, with respect, only a ghost.

“The only way of finding answers would be with the assistance of the mythical Jacques Aymar and his Divine Rod.”

Viviers similarly cleared Mdluli’s former co-accused Samuel Dhlomo, Sebastian Ximba and Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi in the murder of Ramokgibe.

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