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Mdluli magistrate to uncover the truth
The magistrate hearing the inquest into the murder saga involving crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli...
The magistrate hearing the inquest into the murder saga involving crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli said on Tuesday its purpose is to ensure guilt is not hidden.
Mdluli and three other police officers were arrested in connection with the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe, the husband of Mdluli's former lover.
The charges were dropped earlier this year.
An inquest into Ramogibe's death began in the Boksburg Magitrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Jurg Viviers said the purpose of this inquest was not to find anyone guilty but rather to ensure guilt is not hidden if it does exist.
While there are no accused in the inquest, Mdluli and his three former co-accused are represented in court by lawyers.
Investigating officer Kobus Roelofse spent the first day of the inquest on the stand, giving detailed, extensive evidence about missing dockets, unsolved cases and evidence that had disappeared.
An estimated 39 witnesses are expected to be called during the inquest which is expected to get underway in August.
The case was postponed until the end of April.
Mdluli's request for financial assistance from the state was turned down in 2011when Bheki Cele was police commissioner.
Mdluli is now hoping that financial assistance will be granted with Nhlanhla Mkwanazi at the helm.
Magistrate Viviers agreed to postpone the inquest to hear whether the state will pay the costs.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)
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