Witness returns to Ramogibe inquest

A policeman who believes Richard Mdluli is linked to Oupa Ramogibe’s murder will be cross-examined.

Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung, arrives for court. Picture: Sapa.

BOKSBURG - Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's defence team will on Monday continue to cross-examine a senior police officer who believes Mdluli is linked to the February 1999 murder of Vosloorus man, Oupa Ramogibe.

The accusation was made on Friday during the inquest into Ramogibe's death at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on the East Rand.

Mdluli and three subordinates were charged with the crime, but the charges were provisionally withdrawn in February pending the outcome of the inquiry.

At the time of the murder, Mdluli headed the detective's branch at the Vosloorus Police Station.

Former Vosloorus Police Station commander Colonel Johannes Manyathela told the court he became suspicious of Mdluli when Ramogibe's family told him about the love triangle.

Ramogibe was married to Tsidi Buthelezi who is said to have been Mdluli's girlfriend at the time.

Manyathela said he believed the case was in good hands after handing it over to the area commander, adding that he only recently came forward to help police after realising the case had gone cold.

Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung was questioning the colonel on his career path, pointing out that Mdluli had been promoted numerous times ahead of him.

It also emerged on Friday that Mdluli will be called this week to testify.

Sergeant Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi are the subordinates who were charged with the crime.

Mdluli and the trio have also been accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.

Ramogibe was last seen alive by Dlomo. He was gunned down while showing the policeman the scene where there was a previous attempt of his life.