Cops promised rewards to implicate me - Mdluli

Richard Mdluli denied claims he had any favourites that worked for him at the Vosloorus police station.

Former Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli on Thursday said many police officers were promised rewards in exchange for giving statements to taint his image.

He made the comments during an inquest into Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe's 1999 murder in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

Mdluli was initially charged with the murder, but the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) withdrew the charges in February, pending the outcome of the hearing.

According to a statement posted at the Vosloorus police station by a captain more than a decade ago, Mdluli preferred subordinates to the exclusion of others, whom he would call on to get things done.

These included Samuel Dlomo, who was with Ramogibe on the day he died, and Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba who had befriended Ramogibe months before his murder.

Mdluli denied the claim and said he did not have any favourites.

He said many police officers were promised benefits to make statements to implicate him, adding that some officers were beaten in order to give statements.

The former Crime Intelligence boss maintains his innocence.