Top cops accused of plotting against Mdluli

Godfrey Lebeya and Bheki Cele conspired against Richard Mdluli, the inquest heard.

Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli appeared at the Boksburg Magistrates Court on 24 June 2011. He is accused of masterminding a murder over a decade ago. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The head of police detectives was accused of playing a leading role in a plot to force out former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The evidence was heard during the inquest into the1999 death of Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe.

Mdluli was charged with the crime, but charges were withdrawn pending the outcome of the inquiry.

According to Mdluli's lawyer Ike Motloung, Head of Detectives Godfrey Lebeya and former top cop Bheki Cele conspired against his client because he was tipped to be the next national commissioner.

Motloung said the police never acted on the Ramogibe murder until the Crime Intelligence position became available and Mdluli was in the running.

But after his appointment and when Cele realised his days in the police were numbered, the Ramogibe investigation was intensified.

Motloung showed the court that two parallel murder investigations were conducted.

While the Hawks' probe led to Mdluli's arrest, the other investigation was marked "undetected", because a suspect could not be found.

The investigator noted that while Mdluli was alleged to have murdered Ramogibe, there was no evidence to prove this.