Fired cop in the Mohlala murder case fights to be reinstated

2011-07-07 13:54

A cop who was fired for the assassination of former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala is fighting to be reinstated after his employer failed to respond to his appeal within a 30-day period.

Musa Finish Mkhabela (31) and his late colleague Dumisani Stanley Mhlanga (34), were dismissed for misconduct in March after a disciplinary tribunal found them guilty of the charges that emanated from their alleged complicity in Mohlala’s murder.

Their union – the South African Police Union (Sapu) – appealed the decision immediately after the sanction, but they have not yet received any response from Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thalami Ntombela.

Mhlanga died last month due to a stress-related illness.

Sapu provincial chairperson Isaac Magagula said Mkhabela should now be reinstated.

“The time-frame for them to respond to the appeal has lapsed and they should give (Mkhabela) an opportunity to go back to work. Otherwise, we will take the matter about his reinstatement to the bargaining council for arbitration,” Magagula said.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi could not immediately respond but said he would check if Ntombela had received a response from the police’s headquarters in Pretoria.

The cops appealed because they disputed records of an automobile vehicle location (AVL) system, which does not say a police vehicle that was allegedly used to commit the crime stopped near the Mohlala’s home in KaNyamazane when he was assassinated in January 2009.

Mkhabela and Mhlanga were arrested in October 2010 with three other suspects – Jenny Mabika (58), her son Sakhile (31), and Moses Mahungela (33).

Their arrest followed an affidavit written by Mabika’s other son, Evans, which claimed that the five had plotted the murder at her mother’s house in Matsulu.

The four surviving suspects will appear in the Nelspruit regional court on January 30 next year. 

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