There's a plot against me, says Mdluli

2012-09-19 20:47

Johannesburg - Suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli claims there is a plot to implicate him in a 13-year-old murder case.

"There is a plot against me - people are abused by their commander," he told an inquest in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"I had a file on how a commissioner assigned two people to go around and check any debt against me that would prevent me from being appointed as head of crime intelligence."

Oupa Ramogiba, Mdluli's love rival, died in February 1999 and the inquest was launched to determine if foul play was involved in the death.

The Ramogiba family accused Mdluli of killing him after he married Mdluli's ex-lover, Tsidi Buthelezi.


On Monday, Limpopo's divisional commissioner Benny Ntlemeza told the court the re-opening of Ramogibe's murder case was a plot to prevent Mdluli from taking over as head of crime intelligence. Mdluli denied the murder allegations.

"None, I had nothing to do with it and I don't have anything to do with it now," he said.

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Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, but the charge was provisionally withdrawn in February pending the outcome of the inquest.

Also withdrawn were charges of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Ike Motloung, for Mdluli, asked Mdluli if he knew why the investigations into Ramogibe's death started only in 2010.

"I don't know. I only have suspicions... I've accepted that there is a plot against me - there is nothing else I can think of. As for who - I don't know."

He said he spent 21 days behind bars after his bail was denied.

Working relationship

The inquest heard that Mdluli and head of the Hawks General Anwar Dramat had a good working relationship until Mdluli questioned why crime intelligence should report to Dramat.

Mdluli said he handed Dramat a report about the conspiracy against him, but nothing happened.

Mdluli denied that Ximba and Mtunzi received promotions for their involvement with Ramogibe's death.

"The way I see things - Dlomo would have been the first person promoted," he said.

Earlier, the court heard that Ramogibe was shot dead when he went with Dlomo to a crime scene location.

Mdluli said he was not aware that Dlomo had taken Ramogibe to the scene.

Commanding officer

Mdluli dismissed allegations that he closed an attempted murder case opened by Ramogibe in December 1998.

State prosecutor Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka questioned Mdluli on closing dockets, investigating cases and the various procedures involved in following up cases.

Mdluli replied: "I know all the tricks and I'm not an investigating officer, I was a commander. Ask me about commanding and I'll answer."

The court heard that Mdluli would never have been able to climb the police ranks if he was a suspect in Ramogibe's death.

Earlier, Mdluli said he was hurt, ashamed and felt useless when he learned about Buthelezi and Ramogibe's relationship. Mdluli said he only found out about their marriage after Ramogibe's death.

The inquest was postponed to Thursday.

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-19 20:54

    The only plot against you, is the Hawks, because you were skelm. (it is funny, everytime one of them are caught, then there is a plot against them) just stop being skelm, easy

      Robin - 2012-09-19 23:30


  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-19 20:58

    Funny guy...!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-19 21:04

    Is this the same plot as you find on the outskirts of towns?

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-19 21:15

      No - it is the same one 'skirting' Mal-Mal-Malema...

  • gneralle.edon - 2012-09-19 21:12

    Not dis dummy too

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-19 21:12

    Aha! another plot ...

  • terrence.schwartz.1 - 2012-09-19 21:20

    Why on earth, 13 years after the incident, to they all of a sudden accuse Richard Mdluli of the crime, why did they not come forward at the time, or soon thereafter, does it take 13 years to gather evidence, audi alterem partem rule.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-19 21:20

    Damn, if I could only get hold of an employment contract these ministers sign. There must be at least a hundred pages of What to do in the event of:

  • Martin522 - 2012-09-19 21:39

    As suspected, he will for sure try to play the blame game. Now that is most played game in South African politics now days. NO ONE will take the fall for their mistakes, be it corruption or murder, they will try to blame someone else, or just deny their part in the crime!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-19 21:47

    If you are an honest and serious employee you will never have to worry about plots and conspiracies against you. Just keep a proper and honest record of your work acitivities.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-19 22:04

    Finger Plotting, must be a new form of Art.?

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-19 22:08

    I'm sure in his mind te plot not only includes murder, but the fraud and corruption allegations as well and have nothing to do with the truth? If he is guilty of any charge, he should face the music, and not come up with feeble excuses and conspiracy theories!

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-09-19 22:27

    Yes, dear alleged servant of civil society - there certainly is a plot against you. The LAW (the real unabriged version, that is) of South Africa is devising a skilful plot to get you into court (and praise be to them for not faltering in their resolve under what must be enormously compelling persuasion), in such a way that your fellows in high office who you are looking towards to make the LAW disappear (and who are ever willing to assist you, because of the keen interest you have taken in their lives and their doings), will not be able to manipulate said law, so that you are made to answer very convincing charges of murder, corruption and various other most damning accusations of serious crimes against the peoples of South Africa, and that those peoples may be protected from you, when you spend a very, very long time wondering what ever made you think that you were above the law of South Africa, and why you suddenly find yourself without a friend. But hey, no worries ! Innocent until proven guilty, hey !

  • Cedric - 2012-09-19 23:47

    of course man you should know about plots u've been plotting people all your life..

  • amosfistos.dasheka - 2012-09-20 09:46


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