Mdluli will not go on trial for murder

Richard Mdluli has been cleared by the Boksburg Magistrates Court for Oupa Ramogibe's murder.

Richard Mdluli. Picture: Sapa

BOKSBURG - The Boksburg Magistrates Court on Friday said there is no evidence linking former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli to Oupa Ramogibe's murder.

This means Mdluli will not go on trial.

Magistrate Jurg Viviers said, "There is no evidence on the balance of probabilities implicating Richard Mdluli, Samuel Dlomo, Sebastian Ximba and Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi in the death of the deceased."

Viviers found that there was in fact a plot against Mdluli and that Ramogibe was murdered by unknown men.

During September, the state and Mdluli's defence team made representations in the inquest into Ramogibe's murder.

Mdluli was charged with the crime committed over a decade ago, but this was withdrawn pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Mdluli has maintained he is the victim of a plot orchestrated by senior colleagues to oust him from his position.

He told the inquiry that there is mere suspicion that he murdered Ramogibe, but no evidence to prove this.

Mdluli did not deny that he had met Ramogibe, or that they were both seeing the same woman at the same time.

The state has relied on testimony from family members who say Mdluli murdered Ramogibe because of the love triangle, but discrepancies and contradictions emerged in their testimony during cross examination.

The most damning concession came from the police with one detective saying he was told by a senior officer to rewrite a statement implicating Mdluli in the crime.