SENTENCED to five YEARS BY supreme court He and co-accused Mthunzi expected to appeal sentence.
Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the supreme court in Johannesburg yesterday. Mdluli and and his accomplice Mthembeni Mthunzi were convicted in July last year on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of common assault and two counts of assault with intent to try to to grievous bodily harm in reference to the 1999 kidnapping and assault of Oupa Ramogibe.
Mdluli had a long-term relationship with Tshidi Buthelezi dating back to his school days. During her relationship with him, she met Ramogibe and that they began a relationship. They eventually got married on 22 July 1998.
Between 1997 and 1999, Mdluli allegedly visited extreme lengths to trace down Buthelezi and Ramogibe by trying to urge Alice Manana to point out him where the couple had relocated.
The two men eventually found Ramogibe on Orange Farm in 1999, where he was assaulted and brought to Vosloorus police headquarters .
Ramogibe was later shot dead. nobody was ever prosecuted for his death.
Mdluli and Mthunzi were both acquitted on the intimidation of Manana and defeating the ends of justice.
Both Buthelezi and Ramogibe have since died. Buthelezi died from an illness, while Ramogibe was gunned down in 1999.
Mthunzi’s lawyer, Sabelo Nobangule, previously asked Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng for a noncustodial
The court stressed a democracy couldn’t tolerate a key crime fighter continuing his daily functions while facing serious allegations of criminality.
sentence for his client. Nobangule said it appeared that from the facts before Mokgoatlheng, Mthunzi got involved within the matter when he was asked by Mdluli to help him with a marital issue.
The pair were sentenced to 3 years each on three counts of kidnapping, one year for assault and two years each for assault with intent to try to to grievous bodily harm.
The pair are expected to appeal the case after their application was refused yesterday.
Nicole Fritz, chief executive of Freedom Under Law, said Mdluli’s conviction and sentencing follow a series of legal challenges over several years by the organisation to decisions which might have given Mdluli impunity and kept him in his crucial post.
“The charges against him had initially been withdrawn. In 2012, Judge Makgoba granted Freedom Under Law an urgent order directing that Mdluli stand down from his position pending the determination of a review of that call ,” Fritz said.
“In doing so, the court stressed that a constitutional democracy couldn’t tolerate a situation during which one among the country’s key crime fighters continued to perform his daily functions while himself facing serious allegations of criminality. That Mdluli had not been finally convicted of those grave crimes wasn’t the difficulty .
“In due course, Freedom Under Law’s review of the prosecutors’ decision to withdraw charges, too, was upheld,” said Fritz.