Md­luli cleared of in­tim­i­da­tion charge

Business Day - - FRONT PAGE - Claudi Mailovich Political Writer [email protected]­nesslive.co.za

For­mer crime in­tel­li­gence boss Richard Md­luli has been ac­quit­ted of four counts of in­tim­i­da­tion af­ter a rul­ing by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, which de­clared a sec­tion of the In­tim­i­da­tion Act un­con­sti­tu­tional.

For­mer crime in­tel­li­gence boss Richard Md­luli has been ac­quit­ted of four counts of in­tim­i­da­tion af­ter a rul­ing by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, which de­clared a sec­tion of the In­tim­i­da­tion Act un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Md­luli will be sen­tenced only on the two charges of assault with the in­ten­tion to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and two charges of kid­nap­ping, which he was con­victed of by the high court ear­lier in 2019. Sen­tenc­ing was post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 2020.

Gaut­eng Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane said on Thurs­day: “The de­lib­er­a­tions be­fore the court, as ad­vanced by the state, were that Mr Richard Md­luli was now en­ti­tled to an ac­quit­tal on all four counts of in­tim­i­da­tion as per the apex court rul­ing.”

She said that fair­ness and jus­tice dic­tated that Md­luli be ac­quit­ted and that the NPA ac­cepted the court’s Oc­to­ber rul­ing, chang­ing the ver­dict from guilty to an ac­quit­tal.

He is still guilty on two counts of assault with the in­ten­tion to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and two counts of kid­nap­ping.

Ear­lier in 2019 Md­luli and coac­cused Mthem­beni Mthunzi were found guilty by the court on mul­ti­ple charges re­lated to the kid­nap­ping and assault of the part­ner of Md­luli’s for­mer lover.

In 1999, Oupa Ramogibe, who was mar­ried to Md­luli’s for­mer part­ner, was shot just months af­ter he opened a case of at­tempted mur­der at the Vosloorus po­lice sta­tion, where Md­luli was head of the de­tec­tive branch.

Md­luli was even­tu­ally charged in 2011 on charges of mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, in­tim­i­da­tion, kid­nap­ping, assault, griev­ous bod­ily harm, con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and de­feat­ing and/or ob­struct­ing the course of jus­tice.

The charges against him were with­drawn in April 2012. But non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Free­dom Un­der Law took the de­ci­sion to court and suc­cess­fully had it re­viewed and set aside.

The mur­der charges were not re­in­stated, as Md­luli was cleared of in­volve­ment in Ramogibe’s mur­der in an in­quest, but he was found guilty of the other charges in July.

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