‘Police dismissals backfire on lies’

2011-03-26 18:23

Two policemen, dismissed after being implicated in the assassination of Mpumalanga politician Jimmy Mohlala, could be reinstated because of a false affidavit.
 
Musa Finish Mkhabela (31) of KaNyamazane detective services and Dumisani Stanley Mhlanga (34) of the Nelspruit flying squad were dismissed on March 8 after an internal disciplinary committee found them guilty of corruption and misconduct.

The committee based its findings on whistleblower Evans ­Mabika’s affidavit – which ­bizarrely implicated his mother and brother – and records of the SAPS vehicle tracking system.

But a source at the SA Police Union (Sapu), which is appealing against the dismissals, said the ­affidavit was false and the union would would base its appeal on the tracking system records.

According to the affidavit, Mkhabela, Mhlanga and three co-accused – Jenny Mabika (58), her son, Sakhile (31) and Moses ­Mahungela (33) – were together at Mabika’s home in Matsulu on ­January 4 2009, the day of the murder.

It claims the two officers were driving a police-registered white Chevrolet sedan – issued to Mkhabela earlier that week.

However, the Sapu source said the police vehicle register of the KaNyamazane police station showed Mkhabela was issued a Mazda 323 and not a Chevrolet ­sedan, as the affidavit claims.

The source also said the vehicle tracking records showed that the car was not in the street where Mohlala was shot dead at the time of the murder.

Mohlala’s murder sent shockwaves through political circles in the province. It has been linked to his role in fighting tender corruption relating to the construction of the R1.2?billion Mbombela World Cup Soccer Stadium.

The five suspects each face a charge of murder in the KaBokweni magistrates court.

Sapu’s provincial chairperson, Isaac Magagula, would not ­divulge any details except to say the two cops were being victimised.

“The vehicle locating system records say nothing (about our members’ involvement). We suspect there was influence from somewhere to have them ­dismissed,” said Magagula.

“They questioned Mkhabela for having driven in Entsabeni Street. He’s stationed in KaNyamazane and had cases to investigate in Pienaar and Msogwaba. Entsabeni is the main street that leads out to those places, so he had no other road to use.”

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi said: “We don’t want to re-open a discussion on this case while there’s a pending criminal case against them.

“The provincial commissioner (Lieutenant-General Thulani Ntombela) agreed with the findings of the disciplinary committee and we can confirm that the two were linked by technical ­evidence from a vehicle locating system, and that we’ve a witness who said they were there.”

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
Traffic
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.