'Mdluli threatened to kill my brother'

Richard Mdluli’s lawyer will on Tuesday continue questioning the state’s witnesses in a murder inquest.

Suspended Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA.

BOKSBURG - The sister of a murdered Vosloorus man is expected to face a second tough day in the witness stand, fielding questions about claims linking controversial police officer Richard Mdluli to her brother's death.

Oupa Ramogibe's sister Justina on Monday made several concessions under cross-examination during the first day of the inquest into her brother's murder.

The matter is being heard in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court and is expected to continue for a month.

Mdluli and three subordinates, Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, were initially charged with the 1999 murder.

Mdluli, who used to be head of the police's crime intelligence unit, was in charge of the detective branch at the Vosloorus Police Station between 1997 and 1999.

Charges of murder were controversially withdrawn in February pending the outcome of an inquest.

The men were also accused of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Justina Ramogibe told the court that most of her statement, read out by Prosecutor Kholeka Gcaleka, was based on information other people had told her and not on first-hand accounts.

Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung asked Ramogibe what value her testimony was to the hearing.

She said she witnessed Mdluli threaten to kill her brother Oupa.

Oupa was married to Mdluli's former lover Tsidi Buthelezi.

Motloung will continue his questioning later, while Ramogibe's mother Sophia is also expected to return to the stand after she was excused from proceedings for being ill on Monday.