They wanted me out because I was ‘difficult son’ – Mdluli

2012-09-19 13:07

Suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was the “difficult son” in the police, and this was why senior cops were out to get him.

This is what Mdluli today told the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court during the inquest into the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe.

Murder charges relating to Ramogibe’s murder against Mdluli and three co-accused cops were dropped in February.

Mdluli admitted that he had felt hurt and “useless as a man” when he found out that his girlfriend, Tsidi Buthelezi, was seeing Ramogibe, Sapa reported.

But he has denied almost all of the testimony the inquest had heard so far, saying he had no involvement in Ramogibe’s murder.

“When I was trained as a police officer, I was not trained to victimise people. I was trained to serve and protect and that’s what I do.

“I have never lifted hand to anyone and I never will,” he testified.

Mdluli said that the assault, kidnapping and torture charges he faced were also “cooked” up by police officers to ensure he was convicted of something.

“If Mdluli is not convicted for murder, we can get him on assault,” said Mdluli.

He said that the only reason he could think of for the sudden resuscitation of the thirteen-year-old murder investigation could be a police conspiracy.

Mdluli said he had received evidence of the conspiracy to prevent him being appointed head of crime intelligence in the form of an intelligence report.

He said that he had always had a good working relationship with Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, but that the relationship had soured when crime intelligence was supposed to begin reporting to the Hawks.

Mdluli said he raised objections about this with police management, but that his complaint had not been received well.

Mdluli also testified it was common knowledge that Johannes Manyathela, former acting Vosloorus police station commander, did not like him.

Manyathela in earlier testimony accused Mdluli of lying and said he thought the Ramogibe family was telling the truth.

Mdluli said that there were two kinds of people in an institution like the police, those who got promoted because of gossip and those who got promoted because they got things done.

“There are people like Mdluli who are straight people, who work very hard. I put results on the table,” said Mdluli.

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