- A High Court Judge has said that Richard Mdluli must have been humiliated by his former lover's affair
- The judge made the comment while handing down the judgement in the matter
- Mdluli and his co-accused were found guilty on charges relating to the kidnapping of his ex's new husband
Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng has said that former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli must have been humiliated by Oupa Ramogibe's affair with Mdluli's former lover, Tshidi Buthelezi.
"Here is this young boy (Ramogibe) who had an affair with his wife. He must have been humiliated," Judge Mokgoatlheng said. "Culturally, we respect our elders."
Mokgoatlheng made the comment while handing down judgement at the Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.
The court found Mdluli guilty on charges related to the 1999 kidnapping and assault of Ramogibe. These included four counts of intimidation, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of common assault and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Ramogibe and Tshidi Buthelezi were secretly married in 1998 and Ramogibe was fatally shot a year later, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The murder charges against Mdluli and co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi were dropped but the pair were found guilty on other charges.
At the time of the crime, Mdluli was a station commander in Ekurhuleni and Mthunzi was a detective at the same station. Both Mthunzi and Mdluli had pleaded not guilty, according to IOL.
A spokesperson for the NPA welcomed the ruling, saying that the saga had been a long process for the criminal justice system and also for the victims' families.
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