Today, Tuesday, July 6 2022, the Department of Correctional Services issued a statement confirming the release on parole of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. His parole was declared “effective from July 5, 2022.”
The former crime boss had been sent to the slammer for intimidation, assault and kidnapping in September 2020. According to the law, though, he’s qualified for parole after serving one-third of his sentence.
According to the Department of Correctional Services, the convict falls under the Phaahla Judgment regime (crimes committed before October 1, 2004), has served one-third of his sentence, and therefore qualifies for parole.
Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo noted in particular that the crimes for which Richard was convicted were committed as far back as 1998. He further noted that the convict was granted parole after his profile was processed alongside the submission made.
Part of the charges against Richard emanated from the assault and kidnapping of Oupa Ramogibe, who used to date Mdluli’s lover Tshidi Buthelezi, in 1998.
A year after the kidnapping, in 1999, Ramogibe was shot and killed, but no one was ever convicted of his murder. The former police boss was, however, accused of sabotaging the investigation. Four years after, in 2003, Buthelezi herself died of illness.
By the way, Richard was accused alongside two others.