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Mdluli sticks to his guns

The cross-examination of Richard Mdluli failed to expose the murder plot many believe he orchestrated.

Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

BOKSBURG - Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli on Thursday ended his testimony in a murder inquiry, having fended off questions linking him to a decade-old murder.

The suspended lieutenant-general was called to provide his version of events in the inquiry into the death of Oupa Ramogibe, which is being held at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

Mdluli was charged with the crime, but that was withdrawn in February, pending the outcome of the inquiry.

The former top cop said the claims that he killed Ramogibe were lies.

He said "And to the people who claim otherwise? They should produce the evidence proving I did it."

The career detective scoffed at some of the questions put at him, remarking that it would be a first in South Africa, if a man was ever convicted on mere suspicion.

The conclusion of his testimony was an anti-climax for many in court, believing that his cross-examination would expose the murder plot a lot of people believe he orchestrated.

Ramogibe was romantically involved with Tsidi Buthelezi, the mother to Mdluli's child.

WHY RESUSCITATE THE CASE?

Questions have been asked over the sudden resurrection of the decade-old murder investigation.

Magistrate Jurg Viviers told the court that in his entire career as a presiding officer and prosecutor, he had never seen a docket make a comeback with such force.

He asked police head of detectives General Godfrey Lebeya why the Ramogibe case was resurrected after being dormant for a decade.

Lebeya said police were just doing their duties.

And when pressed further, he told the court police informants suggested the matter should be looked at again, but he was unwilling to disclose too much for fear of compromising their identities.

His testimony continues on Friday.

The outcome of the murder inquiry will decide whether charges are re-lodged against Mdluli and his three former three subordinates.

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