Mdluli: It’s all lies, I’m a model policeman

Richard Mdluli on Wednesday labelled as lies testimony that he threatened to kill Oupa Ramogibe.

Richard Mdluli at the Boksburg Magistrates Court, where he's been called to testify in the inquest into Oupa Ramogibe's 1999 murder. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

BOKSBURG - Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli on Wednesday labelled as lies testimony that he threatened to kill Oupa Ramogibe and assaulted him.

Mdluli testified in the inquiry into the 1999 death of Ramogibe in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

He was initially charged with the crime, but this was withdrawn in February, pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Mdluli said both Ramogibe's mother Sophia and sister Justina had lied to the court.

He accused former Vosloorus Police Station Commander Colonel Johannes Manyathela of doing the same.

Mdluli did not dispute the love triangle between himself, Ramogibe and Tsidi Buthelezi.

He said he was angry when he found out Ramogibe was having an affair with the mother of his child, but denied ever threatening to kill him.

Mdluli said he felt like a useless man on the day he found out.

However, he said he was not trained to intimidate people, but to serve and protect. He claimed to have never lifted a hand on anyone.

Mdluli went on to describe himself as a model police officer and a man of integrity who had fallen prey to corrupt colleagues.

He told the court he considered himself an intellectual, something he said he was very proud of - but also said he was a humble man.

Mdluli said the Germiston Murder and Robbery Unit cleared him of any link to the crime.

He said the case was resurrected by senior police who are conspiring to oust him as head of crime intelligence.

The inquest will decide if charges against Mdluli, Sergeant Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi should be re-lodged.

Mdluli's former co-accused worked under him during his tenure as detectives branch head at the Vosloorus Police Station.