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19 Sep 2019
11:51 am

Richard Mdluli’s sentencing for assault, intimidation, kidnapping postponed

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The sentencing of the former crime intelligence boss and his co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi will now take place on November 7 and 8.

Former intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, right, and his co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi, left, were convicted in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg for the 1999 kidnapping of Oupa Ramogibe, 30 July 2019. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

Sentencing proceedings for former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and his co-accused, Mthembeni Mthunzi, have been postponed on Thursday morning in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, and will now take place on November 7 and 8.

The High Court in Johannesburg found the pair guilty of assault, intimidation, and kidnapping at the end of July.

The judgment relates to a 1999 kidnapping case, with the pair charged with the kidnapping of Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.

A bid for Mdluli to be granted a permanent stay of prosecution was dismissed.

Reading of the lengthy judgment began on Monday at the High Court in Johannesburg.

Mdluli, who was smartly dressed in a blue suit, was jointly charged with Mthembeni Mthunzi for the crimes allegedly committed as far back as 1999.

Understandably, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng spent the whole day going through numerous witness testimonies.

Both accused face allegations that some two decades ago they intimidated, assaulted, and kidnapped Mdluli’s love rival, Oupa Ramogibe. The pair also allegedly assaulted Alice Manana, a friend of Tshidi Buthelezi, who was Mdluli’s customary wife.

Ramogibe and Buthelezi secretly married in July, 1998. A year later, Ramogibe was shot dead.

However, charges of murder against Mdluli and Mthunzi were withdrawn.

The remaining cases against the accused have dragged on for years. During that time, Buthelezi succumbed to an illness. She died in 2003.

On Monday, Mdluli remained fixated on the judge as he read witness testimonies. The former intelligence boss has also been accused of sabotaging investigations into the crimes.

Both accused, Mdluli and Mthunzi, have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Judge Mokgoatlheng, who delivered Tuesday’s judgment, is a former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman. Background reporting, ANA.)

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