Mdluli in dock

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IOL  richard mdluli Independent Newspapers Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - Former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli arrived at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court with an entourage of suited men at around 9am on Monday.

Dressed in a blue suit and blue tie, he smiled and greeted journalists before entering the court.

He was due to appear after criminal charges against him were reinstated.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Sunday that Mdluli would return to court.

City Press reported that Mdluli would appear on charges including kidnapping, assault, and intimidation.

Charges were reinstated earlier this year after the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a high court ruling against the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges against Mdluli.

This was after Freedom Under Law sought an order in the High Court in Pretoria to set aside the decisions and reinstate the charges against him.

Mdluli was suspended amid allegations of fraud and corruption and charges relating to the murder of his ex-lover's husband Oupa Ramogibe in February 1999.

In the 15-year-old case, Mdluli and three others were initially accused of killing Ramogibe, and also faced charges of intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Ramogibe allegedly received death threats after marrying Mdluli's former girlfriend and was told to leave her or he would be killed. He opened an attempted murder case before his death.

At the time, Mdluli was the station commander of the Vosloorus police station in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, and was accused of sabotaging the investigation.

The charges of kidnapping and assault relate to allegations that he intimidated and assaulted the family and friends of his ex-lover to find out where she had moved to when she got married.

The fraud and corruption charges, meanwhile, relate to a different time in Mdluli's life in his capacity as head of the crime intelligence unit.

He is accused of employing family members and friends as intelligence operatives and misusing police funding to buy luxury cars.

The fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn on December 14, 2011, and in March 2012, Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.

A month later, the NPA provisionally withdrew the murder charges, pending an inquest into the matter.

In May that year, then police minister Nathi Mthethwa announced Mdluli would be transferred from crime intelligence to the office of the deputy national police commissioner for operations.

Later, he was suspended for a second time when allegations emerged from the inquest into Ramogibe's murder. In November 2012, the inquest cleared him of any involvement in the murder. - Sapa


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