Mdluli in court on murder charge

2011-03-31 16:05

Johannesburg - Crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli made a low-key appearance at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face various charges including kidnapping and murder.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson advocate Mthunzi Mhaga said: "He handed himself over to the court with his lawyer present after 13:00 and appeared briefly in court."

This comes after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Mdluli appeared separately from his two co-accused, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, 49 and Warrant Officer Nkosana Ximba, 38.

The three face charges of intimidation, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating and/or obstructing the course of justice.

All the charges relate to an alleged sabotaging of an investigation in 1998/1999 involving a deceased person who had opened an attempted murder case before his death.

Station commander

At the time, Mdluli was the station commander at Vosloorus police station, in Boksburg on the East Rand.

"More information will be revealed during court appearances," said Mhaga.

Newspaper reports on Thursday morning suggested that Mdluli was being investigated for the death of an ex-lover's husband who was shot dead in February 1999.

The slain husband, Oupa Ramogibe, apparently received death threats after marrying Mdluli's ex-lover. He was allegedly told to leave her or he would be killed, the report read.

Mhaga said the defeating the ends of justice charge did not only relate to this case but "goes as far as the year 2010".

The case was postponed to April 7 for further investigation.

The State was expected to oppose bail.

"All three were remanded in custody at police stations that we cannot mention for security reasons," Mhaga said.

The authority said police were still searching for a fourth person allegedly involved in the offences.

Mdluli was being represented by well-known attorney Ike Motloung who is defending musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye who is co-accused, with Themba Tshabalala, in an attempted murder and negligent driving case.

They are alleged to have crashed into a group of schoolchildren in Soweto last year.

Four children died and two others were critically injured.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-31 16:13

    He must have done a very big bad to his masters, or hopefully this is a first?

  • nonduplume - 2011-03-31 16:19

    The level of, I don't even know what to call it, is unbelievable. If true how did this guy rise to such a important position without anybody suspecting. Just shows that the whole system is corrupted to the core.

  • YES - 2011-03-31 16:34

    What a preferential treatment roll out for a fugitive from the law? Just how many people who are apprehended in the morning [with minor charges] make it to court the same day? I know of people who would be arrested on thursday around the same time as Mdluli and only brought before the magistrate on Monday and the explanation would always be 48 hrs grace period granted by Constitution. But it ironically does not apply with the police anytime after midday. In the light thereof, one wonder why was all the hurry to bring this fugitive to court today?

  • K@K Praat? - 2011-03-31 16:54


      TshepoTheUndertaker - 2011-03-31 17:35

      i dont care about this general..... i am waiting for the next bluse bulls article with the soc alled ax murderer...... turns out this ax murderer does not even have a daughter and that he actually might have mental issues i just heard on the radio..... so all you bastads that were defending this man must look pretty stupid now hahahahaha i am vindicated.... i said all along this was a blood thirsty blue balls fan and that these men were innocent hahah who is the dumb retards now???? you lot news24 thanks for blocking my general username...but i will always rise from the ashes.

      SimonP - 2011-03-31 17:48

      Why dont you care about this general? Because he is an ANC appointee, or because he fell out with Cele and all of a sudden is on a murder charge? Strange how you were asked to comment on this article and all you do is bang on about a completely different story. Why is that?

      K@K Praat? - 2011-03-31 17:50

      Thank you very Much Mr TshepoTheUndertaker.I see you did not use the word Racist this time round.Very Good! Who know's, you might rise to a civilized level in the coming years.

      Verbatim - 2011-04-01 08:13

      Yes Tsepo, rise from the ashes. But you better be back in your shack before 18:00 or i will revoke your dompas. Now run along like a good booi and go work in the garden, where you belong.

  • Neville - 2011-03-31 17:02

    One moment of madness brings a lifetime of sadness

  • Monica - 2011-03-31 17:03

    BOSS OF CRIME! And he gets paid for it!!

  • 50something - 2011-03-31 17:05

    And these are the people that is supposed to protect us???? Is the taxpayer going to pay for this trial as well? What happened to the Jacky Selebe trial by the way? Whta does JUB-JUB have to do with this story, other than the same attorney?

  • nico.prinsloo - 2011-03-31 17:50

    Interesting that for 12 years the police did not have enough evidence to take him to court but did find it merely a month after he angered the Police Commissioner with the raid on the Public Prosecutors office?

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-31 21:58

      Yes. So someone in the Police was covering up. More should be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

      croix - 2011-03-31 22:50

      Mmmmm ...... interesting. Shows how the cadres keep secret info on 'them cronies' until they step out of line -THEN the bollie hits the fan, hey?

  • karendb - 2011-03-31 17:50

    So he was a staion commander, committed attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice, assault and murder and got promoted to Lieutenant General and Crime intelligence boss!? Just shows you what the ANC looks for on a CV. Bunch of lying, thieving, murdering, raping thugs the lot of them!

  • Skepties - 2011-03-31 18:09

    Even I do security clearances on prospective staff members, and I am in retails!! Surely these security institutions must have proper clearance routines in place. I am absolutely amazed at the level of nepotism and jobs for friends politics!

  • jouplesier - 2011-03-31 18:18

    i wonder if what happened to the woman he killed for?

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