Mdluli to testify in inquest

2012-09-15 18:14

Controversial spy boss Richard Mdluli is expected to make a public appearance next week when he responds to claims he was involved in the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramokgibe.

City Press understands Mdluli is set to take the witness stand in the inquest into Ramokgibe’s mysterious death.

Family members, including Ramokgibe’s mother and sisters, testified over the past two weeks that they suspected Mdluli was responsible for Ramokgibe’s death.

They claim that Ramokgibe was dating Mdluli’s girlfriend and that Mdluli had threatened him with death if he did not stop seeing the woman.

The testimony has been ripped apart by defence lawyers for Mdluli and three other officers who were charged with the murder until February this year.

Ramokgibe was gunned down in February 1999, while pointing out the scene of an earlier attempt on his life to police.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Samuel Dhlomo, the officer who accompanied Ramokgibe to the scene and a former co-accused with Mdluli, gave conflicting versions of how he was disarmed of his service pistol, which was used to shoot Ramokgibe.

Dhlomo told the inquest that two men had demanded his pistol at gunpoint, but subsequently contradicted this by saying it was grabbed out of his holster.

He said the men then shot Ramokgibe multiple times without saying a word. He could not explain why he was spared in what was ostensibly a mugging.

Johannes Manyathela, who was at the time acting commanding officer at Vosloorus Police Station, on Friday testified that Mdluli briefed him on the events less than two hours after the murder.

Ramokgibe’s family came to see Manyathela the day after the murder to inform him of their suspicions.

“My personal feeling at the time was that they were telling the truth. I also believed that Mdluli was lying,” he testified.

Ike Motloung, representing Mdluli, disputed this. He pointed out that Manyathela had not kept any notes of his meeting with the Ramokgibes, so there was nothing to test his version against.

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