Mdluli facing fire after inquest delayed

2012-04-11 20:41

Johannesburg - Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli came under fire from opposition parties on Wednesday after the inquest into the murder of his former lover's husband was postponed.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said Mdluli should be suspended until the inquest into Oupa Ramogibe's murder is complete.

"It is unthinkable that Mdluli is able to effectively and efficiently execute his duties while preoccupied with an on-going inquest into the allegations of murder and other criminal behaviour against him," she said.

The inquest was postponed on Tuesday by the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

Legal fees

It heard that Mdluli had applied to the State for financial assistance for his defence as he could not afford his legal fees.

Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said the application should not be approved.

"It is totally unacceptable that taxpayers' money is used to pay for Mdluli's legal fees, as the case did not arise from him carrying out his duties," he said.

"He has to pay for his legal fees himself and not the taxpayers."

Criminal charges were recently withdrawn against Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi.

In February, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that the best way to deal with the matter was through a formal inquest and not a trial.

Mdluli had faced charges included intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

‘Selebi matter repeating itself’

Kohler-Barnard said the reinstatement of Mdluli two weeks ago undermined the police's credibility and posed a risk to national security.

"The fact that Mdluli is back in the top job of a unit that he allegedly defrauded is similarly inexplicable," she said.

Groenewald said he was writing a letter to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe requesting him not to approve Mdluli's financial application.

"The same process as in the case of Jackie Selebi is now repeating itself. In Selebi's case the legal fees amounted to R17.5m and Selebi's assets amounted to only R3.2m," he said.

On March 30, the presidency denied that President Jacob Zuma had interfered with a corruption probe into Mdluli's affairs or his reinstatement.

It also denied that Zuma had asked Inspector General of Intelligence Faith Radebe to rethink her decision to hand over the Mdluli investigation to the NPA.

An affair

Tuesday was the first day of what had initially been scheduled as a 10-day hearing. Nearly 40 witnesses were meant to testify during the inquiry.

The investigating officer Kobus Roelofse, compiled a 67-page affidavit with a detailed history of the case.
This evidence was presented previously at a bail hearing.

At the time of Ramogibe's killing in 1999, Mdluli was the branch commander of the Vosloorus police station.

Roelofse's affidavit revealed that Mdluli had been having an affair with Tshidi Buthelezi since 1986.

Buthelezi met Ramogibe in 1997. At the time, she was still in a relationship with Mdluli. Buthelezi and Ramogibe married in July 1998, as witnessed by Alice Manana, a relative of Buthelezi.

He said Ramogibe and Buthelezi did not tell their families about the marriage.

"Mdluli, Ximba, Mthunzi and Dlomo visited the homes of various family members... in an attempt to convince them by means of intimidation to put pressure on Buthelezi and the deceased to stop their relationship," said Roelofse.

He said the couple went into hiding from Mdluli shortly after their marriage.

The inquest is scheduled to continue on April 30.

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-04-11 20:58

    I think DA play an important role why this man cant be procecuted afte he commited a serious offence like this he must rote in jail like the others

      Glyn - 2012-04-11 21:35

      Only way to stop this corruption and rot in our democracy is to vote for the opposition. Get the anc out! ASAP!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-11 21:39

      This is why the ANC are pressing so hard for the Info Bill. Mdluli will be the chief (as head of intelligence) deciding on classification, what a joke.

      tvanrayner1 - 2012-04-11 21:44

      Ayanda you must be joking. The DA has nothing to do with this. Seriously now. Where are you getting that idea. You're aking a laughing stock of yourself

      Sedick - 2012-04-12 00:58

      Selebi, Cele, Cwele, Mcbride, Sheiks et Al, Yengeni, Similane, Modise, Boesak, Winnie, ANC, etc, and the Grand Daddy - ShowerHead.....What a bunch of bunch.....

  • John - 2012-04-11 21:00

    The corruption NEVER stops.... Its not a rotten apple... its a rotten box full... and they stink.

  • Ben - 2012-04-11 21:12

    One would like to hear more from other political parties. Do they think they will get votes if they do nothing.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-11 21:14

    The fact that he accepted the post while he had this skeleton on his closet shows a lack of integrity. He should be made to step down - permanently!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-11 21:49

      @Bless what integrity, this is Africa. Cele still maintains he has done nothing wrong, despite PP report calling for action. Celebi never offer to resign, instead wasted R17 Mio of our money whilst he and the ANC knew the truth.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-11 21:21

    Well said ben but im starting to think that they all involved,money talks,im a tax payer and my money is starting to hurt,lets take a stand.

  • Crracker - 2012-04-11 21:31

    He is not the accused. He may be a suspect. Nice. Suspects can now apparently demand state (tax) funds. Surely the line has to be drawn somewhere. It seems he is admitting that he is deserving of being a prime suspect. What crap is going on in this country?

  • Gordon - 2012-04-11 21:46

    6 people in witness protection because they are testifying against the person running ... wait for it... witness protection. The mind boggles.

  • Graham - 2012-04-11 21:51


  • aiazmir - 2012-04-11 21:58

    Only way to stop this corruption and rot in our democracy is to vote for the opposition. Get the anc out! ASAP!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-11 22:13

    Maybe now is the time for Lindiwe's shadow parliament to step in and show the ANC how it should be done... What do all you guys think?

  • Scouter - 2012-04-11 22:16

    Prepare yourself for the emergence of a Zim styled CIO internal intelligence agency, South Africa. It's coming like a steam train - and we can all forget commenting on sites like this in the not too distant future.

  • Carry - 2012-04-12 12:09


  • Jacqui - 2012-04-12 12:14

    Ag, never mind, his friend Jacob has a big broom with which to sweep away all these tiresone little things. Since the taxpayers are the milkcows of the government and everyone else related to them, of course the State will pay his expenses. So there are really no problems at all as all the relevant files went missing long ago. We are living in La- La land.

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