Mdluli murder inquest to proceed in September

2012-04-30 09:37

The murder inquest into the 1999 death of Oupa Ramokgibe will go ahead whether police spy boss Richard Mdluli gets the police to fund his legal representation or not.

Murder charges against Mdluli and three other accused were dropped in February, which necessitated an inquest into Ramogibe’s death.

At the time of Ramokgibe’s murder, Mdluli was having an affair with Ramokgibe’s wife and was head of the Vosloorus police’s detective branch.

Magistrate Jurg Viviers today said: “With or without legal representation, this matter is going ahead on the third of September.”

This was after Mdluli’s lawyer Ike Motloung said he had “received a written response from the office of the acting national commissioner of police (Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi) to the effect that the application for state funding has been declined”.

Viviers said that there were a number of people who’s rights were taking a “back seat” in the case.

These included the rights of the Ramokgibe family and several witnesses who had been placed in the witness protection programme.

Viviers said “we are only focusing on the righs of the former accused”.

“We cannot continue to consider only the rights of one person,” he said.

Viviers postponed the matter until May 28 for an update on the progress, but set it down to be heard in September.

Mdluli’s former co-accused are Lieutenant-Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi, Colonel Nkosana Ximba and Samuel Dlomo.

Until February, they had faced charges including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and assault in connection with Ramokgibe’s death.

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