Police and media arrive for crime intelligence court case

2011-04-04 08:45

Police and media slowly began converging outside the Boksburg Magistrates Court today ahead of the appearance of a lieutenant colonel accused alongside crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli of murder.

By 8.30am, various police and news photographers were seen positioning themselves at entry points to the courthouse.

The 52-year-old policeman, also attached to crime intelligence, was due to appear separately from his three co-accused, who are Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, and Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba.

The four allegedly killed Oupa Abel Ramogibe 12 years ago and face charges including intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and defeating the ends of justice.

Ramogibe allegedly received death threats after marrying Mdluli’s ex-lover and was told to leave her or he would be killed.
He had opened an attempted murder case before his death.

Mdluli, who was the station commissioner at the Vosloorus police station in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg at the time, was accused of sabotaging the investigation.

After handing himself over to authorities last week, Mdluli and the two others appeared in the same court on Thursday. The case was postponed to April 7 for further investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would oppose bail.

The Mail & Guardian recently reported that specialist police unit the Hawks were also probing Mdluli and a colleague over allegations that they interfered with the investigation into Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir.

On Friday, NPA spokesman advocate Mthunzi Mhaga told Sapa there was no link between the Krejcir investigation and the Mdluli case.

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