Intelligence chief's 'odd' gunshot

WEDNESDAY, 8.30AM

A PATHOLOGIST told an inquest into the death of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) security chief Muziwendoda Mdluli that it was extremely unusual for a person to commit suicide by shooting himself in the middle of the forehead. Pathologist Dr Stefaans Hofmeyr said it was more common for a right-handed person to shoot himself in the right side of the head.

Mdluli was found dead in his car in 1995. Police say he committed suicide; his family insist that he was murdered.
His wife, Cleopatra Mdluli, told the court that a few days before his death, her husband received calls from an unknown person with an Afrikaans accent, which appeared to alarm him.

Counsel for the NIA told the inquest that Mdluli had left his briefcase at home, telling his wife he was going to Swaziland when he instead went to Johannesburg to be with a lover. He said the briefcase contained documents relating to apartheid police hit-squads and run-running to Rwanda.

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