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Mdluli in the hot seat

The murder inquest involving policeman Richard Mdluli is expected to start in court on Monday.

Suspended Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The murder inquest involving controversial policeman Richard Mdluli is expected to start in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

The former crime intelligence head and three subordinates were previously accused of murdering Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe more than a decade ago. The charges were controversially withdrawn earlier this year.

Ramogibe was Mdluli's former lover's husband.

At the time, Mdluli commanded the Vosloorus Police Station's detective branch between 1997 and 1999.

His subordinates allegedly assisted in the murder and the subsequent cover-up.

The inquest was postponed in May, as Mdluli tried to get the State to pay his high-profile lawyer Ike Motloung. But that request was denied.

The court ordered that the matter would start today, with or without Mdluli's legal representation.

In June, the North Gauteng High Court ordered that Mdluli be barred from serving as a police officer, pending the outcome of several investigations, including probes into fraud and nepotism.

Mdluli allegedly misused state-allocated funds to buy luxurious cars and employed several relatives in the Crime Intelligence Unit, which he led.

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