South Africa’s ex-crime intelligence boss jailed

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

SOUTH Africa’s former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli is heading for jail after he was sentenced to an effective five years in prison for kidnap and assault.

Mdluli, 62, for years considered to be powerful and untouchable, will serve time for the kidnap and assault of Oupa Ramokgibe, a man who was married to his ex-girlfriend.

High Court judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng sentenced Mdluli and his co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi for the 1999 crime. He found that time served in jail was appropriate for law enforcement officers who had abused the power and authority entrusted on them.

Ramokgibe, who was married to Tshidi, a former girlfriend of Mdluli, died under mysterious circumstances in 1999. Tshidi also died after a short illness.

The sentence of Mdluli and Mthunzi follows their conviction, in 2019, of the kidnap and assault of Tshidi and Oupa as well as their friend Alice Manana.

Mdluli was head of the South African Police’s Crime Intelligence from 2009 to 2012.