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Inquest: Hawks suggested Mdluli follow-up

2012-09-04 14:39

Johannesburg - The Hawks suggested that the death of a love rival of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli be followed up, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

"Members of the Hawks visited our house," Oupa Ramogibe's sister Justina told the Boksburg Magistrate's Court's inquest into his death.

"We also wanted something to happen about Oupa's killers," she said.

Scared

Asked by Ike Motloung, for Mdluli, why the family waited for more than 10 years to pursue the case, Justina said they were scared.

"There was no police station we could go to, because we don't trust the police," she said.

"Yes, they [the Hawks] did come to our house and it was time to open the matter. They made us trust them."

The court heard that Justina did not make a statement about her brother's death until 20 January 2011, even though he died in 1999.

She told the court that Mdluli had visited the family and threatened to kill Oupa if he continued to see Mdluli's former mistress Tsidi Buthelezi.

On the run

The inquest heard that Mdluli went looking for Oupa at the home of his mother Sophia, and told her to tell her son to stop seeing Buthelezi.

"Oupa and Tsidi were on the run so they [Mdluli and Sophia] went looking for them," Justina said.

Asked by Motloung why no one went with Sophia and Mdluli, Justina said: "We were scared for her safety, but we just didn't.... Or maybe he found her alone at home."

Motloung argued it was because Sophia was never in danger.

Justina responded: "We were scared. I think the reason we didn't act at the time - we were scared."

Motloung also asked Justina why the family did not approach the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), now the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, to investigate the police.

Raped


"I went to the ICD offices in Pretoria to open a case, but then I was raped and stopped," she said.

Earlier, the inquest heard that she was raped a month after Oupa's death.

Asked about this by Motloung, she said: "I knew it was the police because they were travelling in a police vehicle."

Motloung questioned her about two separate statements on the rape.

She said one was hers and the other was not, claiming that the signature on the second statement had been forged.

Mdluli had been accused of the murder with Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, but the charge was provisionally withdrawn in February, pending the outcome of the inquest.

Also withdrawn were charges of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

The inquest continues.

Comments
  • morama.sebata - 2012-09-04 14:54

    Would someone just take this Mdluli stright to jail because that's where he belongs. Please never forget to reinstate all the corruption and state money used for his own benefit....Charge the criminal!!!

  • ringetadaniel.mashimbye - 2012-09-04 15:14

    This case is suspicious. After 10 years a case was opened. Political.

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-09-04 16:16

    Mduli is protected by MrZ, otherwise he would be behind bars long ago. This man is a menace and dangerous to good people and must be made an example. Look what he did with your money when he could laid his hands on. He stole big time. A killer and a thief. Is anybody home? Is there no more good people left in the police ?

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-09-04 16:24

    With police like ours, who needs criminals?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-09-04 21:59

      @ crystal.core.5 A lot of police are incompetant and dishonest but I know quite a few who are dedicated and uncorruptable. I don't think you should generelize. We have some very dedicated police, hard working and facing danger all the time. With all the crime these days the hardships of most is a definate occupational hazard and I laud the honest and hard working few that we have. As far as Mduli is concerned they should put this "crime boss" where he belongs..in jail! and yes, with police like him, who needs criminals.

  • norma.gordon.5 - 2012-09-05 05:29

    Are we paying for his defence??

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