South Africa 7.10.2014 07:26 am

Richard Mdluli back in court

FILE PICTURE: Former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli (C) arrives at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court with an entourage of men on Monday, 11 August 2014. Mdluli was formally charged in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Monday. He faces charges including kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation, and defeating the ends of justice related to a 15-year-old crime. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli (C) arrives at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court with an entourage of men on Monday, 11 August 2014. Mdluli was formally charged in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Monday. He faces charges including kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation, and defeating the ends of justice related to a 15-year-old crime. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court today.

Mdluli had fraud and corruption charges reinstated against him earlier this year after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld a high court ruling against the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges he faced.

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.

During his last appearance in August, a charge sheet presented at the court revealed Mdluli allegedly went to extreme lengths between 1997 and 1999 to find out where his former lover Tshidi Buthelezi and her husband were hiding.

Mdluli had a long-term relationship with Buthelezi from school days and he claimed she was his wife.

During her relationship with Mdluli, Buthelezi met Oupa Ramogibe and they began a relationship, and on July 22, 1998 they married.

Mdluli was suspended amid allegations of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to Ramogibe’s murder in February 1999.

The fraud and corruption charges were withdrawn on December 14, 2011, and in March 2012, Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence.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