Top cop maintains Mdluli is innocent

A Limpopo officer has testified that Richard Mdluli is being accused of a crime he ‘clearly’ did not commit.

Former Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli. Picture: SAPA.

BOKSBURG - The author of an internal crime intelligence report, which exonerates Richard Mdluli of any involvement in the murder of Oupa Ramogibe, was called to testify on Monday.

Week three of the inquiry to establish the facts surrounding the 1999 murder of Ramogibe got underway in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The former head of crime intelligence was charged with the crime, but that was withdrawn in February pending the outcome of the inquest.

Limpopo Deputy Provincial Major General Benny Ntlemeza confirmed it was Mdluli who gave him the mandate to investigate irregularities in crime intelligence.

Excerpts of the report were read into the record.

This included his finding that it was clear to him that there was a plot from within crime intelligence to stop Mdluli being appointed as head of the unit.

Ntlemeza said the conspirators dredged up the case of Ramogibe to taint Mdluli, despite detectives finding that he had no link to the crime.

The outcome of the inquest will determine whether charges of murder, kidnapping and intimidation should be re-lodged against Mdluli and his former subordinates and co-accused Colonel Nkosana Ximba, Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mtuzni and Sergeant Samuel Dlomo.

Mdluli is the former lover to Ramogibe's widow Tsidi Buthelezi.

Ntlemeza will continue testifying on Tuesday.