New Mdluli lawyer asks for postponement

2016-01-25 12:53

Johannesburg - The kidnapping and assault case against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli and his co-accused was postponed on Monday, when a new lawyer asked for time to prepare her client's case.

The Johannesburg High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard that Jacques Pienaar would no longer represent Mdluli's co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi . Margaret Mzamane would handle his case.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng postponed the matter to February 1, to allow her time to prepare.

Mdluli and Mthunzi face charges of intimidation, kidnapping, and assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm against Oupa Ramogibe. They have pleaded not guilty.

Wearing a tan suit and read shirt, Mdluli left the courtroom as soon as the postponement was announced. 

The charges against Mdluli and Mthunzi stem from the extreme lengths he allegedly went to between 1997 and 1999 to find out where Tshidi Buthelezi and Ramogibe were hiding.

Mdluli had a long-term relationship with Buthelezi from his school days and claimed she was his wife.

However, during her relationship with Mdluli, Buthelezi met Ramogibe and they began a relationship. They married on July 22, 1998.

During the trial, the court heard that Ramogibe's parents were told they would find their son's body parts all over Vosloorus.

Lerato Seballo, Ramogibe's girlfriend during 1997/8, testified that she had heard Mdluli threaten to kill Ramogibe several times. Seballo had a child with Ramogibe.

Mdluli told her that if Ramogibe wanted to stay with Buthelezi, he should pay him [Mdluli] the money he spent on her school fees, about  R12 000, and lobola for her. He said if he found Ramogibe he would kill him, Seballo had testified.

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