Mdluli's lawyer accuses witness of fabrication

Lawyer Ike Motloung accused Sophia Ramogibe of conspiring with police to implicate Mdluli.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's lawyer, Ike Motloung, on Wednesday accused a witness of fabrication.

An inquiry into the 1999 murder of Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe is underway in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

Charges of murder were withdrawn against Mdluli and three of his subordinates, pending the outcome of the inquiry.

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kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder were also withdrawn.

The Ramogibe family believes Oupa was killed after he married Mdluli's mistress, Tsidi Buthelezi.

On Wednesday, Motloung told the court that Sophia Ramogibe's claim that Mdluli picked her up and took her to the local police station were false.

Earlier in the inquiry, Ramogibe testified that she found her son and his two lovers at the police station, adding they had apparently been assaulted.

Motloung said his client will testify that this did not happen and that Mdluli only visited her home once when he was looking for his wife.

The lawyer accused Sophia of conspiring with the police to implicate his client in a crime he did not commit.

When Ramogibe finished giving her testimony, her daughter Justina took over.