Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli too ill for court

08 February 2021 - 15:18
By Naledi Shange
Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. File photo.
Image: Thulani Mbele Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. File photo.

Convicted criminal and former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli remains ill behind bars.

This was revealed at the high court in Pretoria on Monday, where Mdluli was due to appear with two people in a criminal case.

“Mdluli could not attend owing to ill health,” said Sindisiwe Twala, spokesperson for the investigating directorate.

The judge was informed in more detail about Mdluli's condition.

This was the second time that Mdluli failed to appear for court proceedings because of health. The case was postponed in November after he failed to appear.

He and co-accused Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus face charges of corruption, fraud and theft. Barnard faces an additional charge of defeating the administration of justice.

Richard Mdluli's co-accused, Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus, appeared in the high court in Pretoria without him on Monday.
Image: Supplied / NPA ID communications Richard Mdluli's co-accused, Heine Barnard and Solomon Lazarus, appeared in the high court in Pretoria without him on Monday.

“The charges are related to allegation of gross abuse of the police intelligence slush fund. The allegations include payment for private trips to China and Singapore, private use of witness protection houses, conversion of this property for personal use and the leasing out of Mdluli’s private residence to the state to pay his bond, among others,” said Twala.

The case was postponed to February 19 for pretrial hearings but the accused are required back in court only on March 4.

Mdluli has been behind bars since September 2020 after he and former colleague Mthembeni Mthunzi were handed five-year sentences for an incident which happened more than 20 years ago involving the kidnapping of Mdluli's customary wife Tshidi Buthelezi and her boyfriend Oupa Ramogibe in 1998.  

In relation to this crime, they were convicted on two counts of assault, two counts of kidnapping and two of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

Mthunzi had accompanied Mdluli to a house in Vosloorus where they also assaulted Buthelezi’s friend Alice Manana, forcing her to reveal the whereabouts of Buthelezi and Ramogibe.

Ramogibe was murdered in 1999. No-one was arrested for his murder and Mdluli was cleared of any involvement.

Buthelezi died a few years later of natural causes.

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