Richard Mdluli case postponed

The case was postoned to give the former crime intelligence boss's defence time to study court documents.

Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The kidnapping, assault and intimidation case against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been postponed to give his defence time to study court documents.

Mdluli appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court this morning in connection with the murder of his former lover's husband Oupa Ramogibe.

Ramogibe was shot dead in February 1999.

Mdluli emerged from the corridors accompanied by an entourage of men all wearing suits.

His court appearance was brief after the defence claimed it was never given the relevant court documents to prepare for today's proceedings.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Phindi Louw says, "Basically it's for the defence to be furnished with the documents in order to prepare for trial so hence the postponement for a provisional date, so that they can establish how long they need so that they can prepare for trial."

The case is expected to resume on 5 December.

Mdluli had the charges against him reinstated earlier this year after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court ruling.

Freedom Under Law sought an order in the High Court in Pretoria to reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli after it was revealed he allegedly went to great lengths between 1997 and 1999 to find out where his former lover and her husband were hiding.

Mdluli had a long term relationship with Tshidi Buthelezi and claimed she was his wife but she met Ramogibe and married him.

In 1999, the former crime intelligence boss was suspended amid allegations of fraud and corruption and charges relating to Ramogibe's murder.

The fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn in 2011 and the next year he was reinstated to his position.

While he has been cleared of the murder charge the other charges were reinstated.