Case against Mohlala murder suspects postponed again

2011-02-28 14:00

The murder case against five suspects accused of assassinating former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala was postponed for the fifth time in the KaBokweni Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga today.

Two policemen – Dumisani Stanley Mhlanga (30) and Constable Finish Mkhabela (33) – Rob Ferreira hospital cleaner Jenny Mabika (58), her son Sakhile (31), and Moses Mahungela (33) appeared in connection with the murder.

Jimmy Mohlala was fatally shot at his KaNyamazane home on January 4 2009 when he was fighting alleged tender corruption in the R1.2-billion Mbombela World Cup stadium.

The five suspects were arrested on October 2 last year after Mabika’s son, Evans, wrote an affidavit implicating them in the murder.

However, City Press understands that Evans’s affidavit is the only shred of evidence against the suspects.

The suspects’ attorney, Slungu Thobela, argued that the state had no evidence against the five when it requested a postponement to “comply with instructions from the director of public prosecutions”.

“The last time we were here the state postponed the case for the same reason. It seems that the state is not serious ... why does it take six months to investigate?” Thobela said.

“This case is not only about my clients, it also involves the emotions of the (Mohlala) family who are waiting to know what happens,” he added.

The court granted a final postponement of the case to March 23.

This case and two others that involve the death of former arts and culture spokesperson Sammy Mpatlanyane and Ehlanzeni District council chief whip John Ndlovu are now in the hands of a 12-member team of investigators dispatched by National Commissioner of Police General Bheki Cele to the province.

The National Prosecuting Authority has also assigned highly qualified prosecutors to deal with the political killings in the province.

Meanwhile, Mhlanga and Mkhabela have been found guilty of misconduct in a departmental hearing and were fired on Thursday. They are appealing their dismissal.

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