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Woman tells of beating by Mdluli and associates

Publish date: 19 September 2012
Issue Number: 3124
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

At the inquest into the death of Oupa Ramogibe, the court heard that Richard Mdluli and his associates beat a witness so hard, she bled from her ears, notes a Mail & Guardian Online report.

This was the testimony of Alice Manana at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. Manana described herself as the best friend of Tshidi Buthelezi, the mother of Mdluli's child. She told the court that Buthelezi told her she was 'fed up' with Mdluli and no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him. At the time that Mdluli was involved with Buthelezi, he was already married and still living with his wife, said Manana. She told the court that Mdluli would leave Buthelezi in the middle of the night and go back to his marital home. At times, Mdluli would take the child Buthelezi had bore him to go and visit his wife. Knowing that Buthelezi and Manana were good friends, Mdluli went to the latter's home when his girlfriend ran away from him, in order to ascertain her whereabouts, said Manana. Mdluli was accompanied by Colonel Nkosana Ximba and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mtunzi. They demanded to know where Buthelezi was and Manana told them she did not know. Mdluli then told Manana that she was the one who had kidnapped Buthelezi and he had opened a case of kidnapping against her. They made her accompany them to the Vosloorus police station, where they beat her until she bled from her ears while demanding that she reveal Buthelezi's location. Manana then told them she suspected that Buthelezi was at Orange Farm and when the four of them went there to look for her, they found her with Ramogibe. They all went to the Vosloorus police station where Manana and Ramogibe were beaten by Mdluli, Ximba and Mtunzi 'for about 30 to 35 minutes'. Full Mail & Guardian Online report