A senior police officer, testifying in the murder inquest of Oupa Ramogibe, late husband of former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli’s ex-lover, yesterday told the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court that information received from “sources” led to reinvestigation of the murder.
Deputy National Commissioner responsible for Detectives and Forensics, Lt-Gen Godfrey Lebeya, who did not want to divulge more information about the sources, said he searched for the case and realised it was still open on the police system.
“But the original docket and the duplicate were missing,” Lebeya told Mdluli’s lawyer, Ike Motloung
Lebeya told the hearing he was initially mandated to investigate the murder case but discovered another senior officer was investigating the same matter.
Lebeya said he handed a summary of the statements obtained from witnesses to Benny Ntlemeza whom he assumed was investigating Ramogibe’s murder.
“I found several questions unanswered,” said Lebeya. He thought the Ntlemeza investigations focused on the murder case.
Ntlemeza has already testified before the inquiry this week, saying his mandate was to investigate a complaint by Mdluli about certain officers plotting against him shortly after his appointment as the head of crime intelligence, not the murder case.
“I had thought the Ntlemeza investigation focused on the murder from media reports,” said Lebeya, adding that summaries were made for Ntlemeza to follow.
“My investigation focused on all irregularities within the crime intelligence. I did nothing as I thought another senior officer was investigating,” he said.
Mdluli has denied any wrongdoing and testified that he had nothing to do with his Ramogibe’s murder. The hearing continues today.