Mdluli: I was never fingered

2012-09-19 13:15

Johannesburg - Suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli told an inquest on Wednesday that he was never a suspect in the initial investigation into the death of his love rival, Oupa Ramogibe.

"I was never fingered as a suspect in this matter," Mdluli told the Boksburg Magistrate's Court, south of Johannesburg.

"Yes, rumours were there, people looked at me with big eyes, but I continued doing my work."
Ramogibe's family allege he was killed in February 1999 after running away and marrying Mdluli's mistress Tsidi Buthelezi.

The court heard that Mdluli continued to climb the police ranks from 1979, when he started.

Climbing police ranks

Ike Motloung, for Mdluli, asked him about his career in the police and whether he would have climbed in the ranks if he was a suspect.

"Impossible. I would never have gone up like that in the police. If you have a pending case they put your application [for promotions] aside until all your troubles are over," Mdluli said.

"You can't be appointed."

He said he also would not have been vetted or passed a security check done by the National Intelligence Agency.

Mdluli recalled reading a headline in a newspaper in 1999 about Ramogibe's death.

"It was a long time ago, I don't remember the exact details, but I remember the heading was 'love triangle'," he said.

Charges withdrawn

Mdluli was facing charges 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Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, but the charge was provisionally withdrawn in February pending the outcome of the inquest.

Also withdrawn were charges of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Earlier, the court heard that Ramogibe was shot dead when he went with Dlomo to a location where he had previously been shot at.

Mdluli said he was not aware that Dlomo had taken Ramogibe to the scene. He also said they were not friends, only colleagues.

After the shooting, Mdluli heard that a police officer had been attacked and robbed, but not injured. He said at the time, Vosloorus was a violent place.

Mdluli wore a beige suit, and looked straight ahead of him while speaking.

The inquest continues.

  • onlinebaas - 2012-09-19 13:25

    Wow, weirdest title ever.

      john.fourie.18 - 2012-09-19 13:57

      Obvias. It is because he has not been sent to jail yet. Heloooo.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-19 14:35

      He will be fingered when he goes to jail...

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-19 15:07

      @susan hahahahaha comment of the week!

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-19 13:26

    Mdluli: I was never fingered Bad bad heading LOL.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-19 13:30

      Title to be read with - "It was a long time ago, I don't remember the exact details, but I remember the heading was 'love triangle'," he said.

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-09-19 13:27

    Buhawhawhawha.. what a title.

  • steve.impala.75 - 2012-09-19 13:30

    Does anyone else find the article's heading hilarious?

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-19 14:13

      Yep He says he was never given the finger. Well, he is getting it now.

  • pierre.brink - 2012-09-19 13:30

    If you go to jail, you will be.

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-19 13:56


  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-19 13:33

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Reminds me of that Tom Green film, 'Richard Got Fingered' ha ha ha

  • matvee111 - 2012-09-19 13:33

    hillarious title ...lmao,hehehe

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-19 13:36

    Oh my goodness what a headline... I'm a foreigner but I would not dare to write something like this on the internet. Anyway it is funny after all. Lol

      eniko.mate - 2012-09-19 13:59

      haha Sandor, szinten Magyarorszagbol? Milyen kicsi a vilag!

      sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-19 14:26

      Szervusz EniM. 22 eve itt elek de nem fogok itt meghalni... Vigyazz magadra es minden jot kivanok. Sandor

      frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-19 22:36

      Are you guys Magyar?

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-09-19 13:37

    hahahahahhaha, the heading cracks me up!!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-19 13:42

    BWAHAHAHA, he obviously left school before that whole discovery period!

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-09-19 13:52

    Haha. I think they knew what they were doing with that title

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-19 13:55

    hahaha!! thanks for the title!! hahaha!

  • Jacques - 2012-09-19 14:04

    So he should be doing the fingering, then? Of the criminals? In prison? Ok I'll stop.

  • steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-19 14:05

    All the signsof an ANC whitewash are there. And, puhleese, do't try to tell me the ANC is really striving for justice! For shortage of space, I shall cite only Shabir's case, as well as that of Angie Motsekga, still warming her seat despite all the evidence against her ieneptitude! Justice? My arse!

  • Khomotso - 2012-09-19 14:05

    Eish the title made me think something naughty

  • thethird.wors - 2012-09-19 14:07

    lucky... I guess?

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-09-19 14:07

    All you *Filthy Heads* !!! First thing I thought of as well ...

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-19 14:16

    If this "inquest" carries on till after December's anc party (feast) then he truly will be *fingered*

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-19 14:20


  • mothusi.aggrey - 2012-09-19 14:53

    No - Mduli must tell de truth - He must not diffent himself by unneccesary exccuses.

  • matvee111 - 2012-09-19 15:11

    you will be FINGERED sooner or later,just have to wait 4 the right person to finger,hehehe

  • paul.mostert.5 - 2012-09-19 16:05

    oh another one - mugabe's wife also said this!

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