Ramogibe probe: A cop's different truths

Samuel Dlomo, a police officer accused of killing Oupa Ramogibe, will continue his testimony today.

Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - A police officer has provided a court with three different versions of how his firearm was stolen on the day Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe was murdered in his company.

An inquiry into Ramogibe's death is being held at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court, east of Johannesburg.

Controversial police officer Richard Mdluli and three subordinates were charged with the 1999 crime. The charges were withdrawn in February, pending the outcome of the inquiry.

In Sergeant Samuel Dlomo's first statement, he says two men produced a firearm and ordered him to hand over his service pistol.

In his second statement, however, he says the robbers came from behind and snatched his weapon from its holster.

But under cross-examination, he told the court the two men put a weapon to the back of his neck.

The sequence of events after that remain the same - that he was forced to lie on the ground before he heard the two gunshots which killed Ramogibe.

He had taken Ramogibe to the area to investigate an earlier attempt on the Ramogibe's life.

Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi are the subordinates whom were charged with the murder and other charges, including kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.

They worked in the detective branch at the Vosloorus Police Station, which at the time was headed by Mdluli.

Ramogibe's wife was previously Mdluli's lover before marrying Ramogibe.

Dlomo's testimony continues today.