‘Dead maskandi artist’ set to appear in court

2012-02-06 15:16

The man who claims to be popular maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo – who is believed to have died three years ago – is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

The police’s Colonel Jay Naicker said the man was taken in for questioning on suspicion of fraud yesterday. However, he said he was yet to be charged.

“Detectives conducting the enquiry were convinced that the matter required criminal investigation and a docket was registered at Dundee SAPS where the man is currently in custody pending the criminal investigation. Detectives have been questioning the man this morning and are conducting further investigations,” said Naicker.

Police have denied reports that DNA testing was being done to determine if the suspect was Khumalo. “The line of questioning only started today. Why would we need to take DNA when we’ve just started with the investigation? That’s not something we’ve even contemplated,” Naicker said.

Khumalo is believed to have died and was buried in 2009.

On Sunday, police had to use water cannons to control the buzzing crowd who had flocked to Khumalo’s rural hometown of Nquthu, north of Durban, as the man claiming to be Khumalo told of his captivity in Johannesburg, where he was allegedly taken three years ago. The man claims to have been living in a bush with tokoloshes, zombies and animals.

Said Naicker: “The matter is being handled by detectives from the provincial headquarters who will work under the command of the provincial head of detectives, Major General Mjabuliswa Ngcobo... We are convinced that the investigation will be resolved swiftly,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.