Mdluli ‘closed attempted murder case opened by Ramogibe’

2012-09-12 14:54

The case of attempted murder opened by Oupa Ramogibe was closed by the very man Ramogibe suspected of wanting him dead – Richard Mdluli.

This was the surprising testimony of Sergeant Samuel Dhlomo, who today became the first former accused to testify in the inquest into the 1999 murder.

During questioning by Mdluli’s attorney, Ike Motloung, Dhlomo said it was Mdluli – at that time the head of detectives at Vosloorus Police Station – who had closed the attempted murder docket for not having “sufficient evidence”.

“When I studied (the docket) I discovered there were witnesses outstanding. I also discovered the scene where (Ramogibe) was shot at was never attended,” said Dhlomo.

Dhlomo told the inquest, under way at the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court, that he took it upon himself to add the missing parts of the case docket.

He testified that he had the right to do this despite the fact that Mdluli, his commanding officer, had closed the docket.

To this end, Dhlomo had contacted Ramogibe to accompany him to to the scene where Ramogibe said he had been shot at on December 28 1998.

Dhlomo testified that it was during this “pointing-out” on February 17 1999 that his service pistol was allegedly taken at gunpoint and used to shoot Ramogibe several times.

Ramogibe was at the time involved in a relationship with Mdluli’s mistress, who Mdluli claimed was his wife.

In the past two weeks, Ramogibe’s mother and sisters have testified they lived in fear of Mdluli, who had allegedly threatened to kill Ramogibe if he did not stop seeing Buthelezi.

Through his attorney, Mdluli has denied he ever made any death threats against Ramogibe.

Sophia Ramogibe, Oupa’s mother, also testified that she blamed herself for Ramogibe’s death because she had advised him to open a case about the attempt on his life at Vosloorus Police Station.

But Dhlomo has also offered three apparently conflicting versions of what happened on the day Ramogibe was shot.

In one written statement, he said two unknown men walked past him at the time he was making notes on the bonnet of his car.

The statement said the men pointed a firearm at him and demanded his service pistol.

In a second statement, made subsequent to the first, Dhlomo said someobdy “grabbed (his) gun from behind”.

But Dhlomo also testified in court that he felt a gun pointed at the back of his neck, and then heard somebody demanding his gun.

Questioned by Motloung, Dhlomo denied that he had received an instruction from Mdluli to bring Ramogibe to the scene “so he could be executed”.

“According to that theory (of Hawks Investigating Officer Kobus Roelofse) ... you must have been with Mdluli and other people sent by Mdluli.

“You must have been the one to fetch Mdluli under the pretext of a pointing-out ... when it was to be an execution,” said Motloung.

Dhlomo denied this, saying it was his job to save people, not to kill them.

He told the court that if he had been an “agent of Mdluli” he would have expected “a promotion, perhaps he would have bought me some cattle or a farm”.

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