Mdluli lawyer pokes holes in inquest evidence

Testimony given in the murder inquest involving Richard Mdluli thus far appear to be flawed.

Richard Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung, arrives for court. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - While former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's lawyer has forced several concessions from witnesses implicating him in murder, the magistrate on Tuesday warned of the effect time has on a person's memory.

The inquest into the 1999 murder of Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe will continue in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Mdluli and three other policemen were charged with the crime and other offences until the charges were withdrawn in February pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi worked under Mdluli during his tenure as head of detectives at the Vosloorus Police Station.

On Tuesday, Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung showed the court that Oupa's mother, Sophia, and his sister, Justina. gave the authorities different versions of events which took place in the late 90s.

Motloung inferred that the family was conspiring with the Hawks to wrongfully prosecute his client.

Magistrate Jurg Viviers was, however, mindful that Ramogibe's murder took place long time ago.

While testimony given so far appear flawed, there are still 30 more witnesses who will give evidence during September - which might still prove damning for Mdluli.

Ramogibe was married to Tsidi Buthelezi, the mother to one of Mdluli's children.

The murder inquest is an attempt to determine who killed Ramogibe, when and why.