Whistleblower’s testimony challenged

2011-04-19 12:38

Mpumalanga police have confirmed that it is not the first time that the whistleblower in the case of former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala’s assassination has implicated his brother in a crime.

Evans Mabika wrote an affidavit to the police in October last year which implicated his brother, Sakhile (31), and mother, Jenny (58).

According to the affidavit, the two plotted Mohlala’s murder in cahoots with two police officers Dumisani Mhlanga (30) and Finish Mkhabela (33) and another man Moses Mahungela (33).

Sakhile told City Press that his brother’s reason for implicating his family members could be a way of avenging family feuds.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi confirmed today – after City Press gave him a case number – that Evans had previously accused Sakhile of stealing his wife’s car but then withdrew the charges in May 2009.

“The case was opened and withdrawn by the complainant (Evans Mabika). We can’t comment further on this one,” Hlathi said.

Mohlala was shot dead at his KaNyamazane home on January 4 2009.

He was central to exposing corruption on the construction of the R1.2 billion Mbombela Stadium, the soccer venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mpumalanga police failed to make headway in the case until October – a year and nine months after Mohlala was murdered – when Evans approached them and wrote the affidavit.

Sakhile said his brother implicated him in the high-profile murder case after he asked him to accompany him to Barberton in May 2009.

Sakhile said he left Evans there and drove back to Kabokweni as there was a family gathering. And apparently, the bakkie he was driving experienced some problems in Nelspruit and got stuck.

“I phoned him (Evans). While waiting for my friend to arrive and help me, the police came and said the car was stolen.

“I was locked up for a night and paid R1 000 bail. Evans withdrew the charge (for me), but demanded (that I give him) the R1 000 refund. I refused,” he added.

“He has implicated me and my mother because he was trying to get back at me for family problems that we’re having,” Sakhile said.

Evans’ affidavit has shown discrepancies after it was questioned during the internal disciplinary hearing of Mhlanga and Mkhabela.

They were both dismissed from their jobs in March, but have since appealed the decision because of the discrepancies about the police vehicle that was allegedly used and the automobile vehicle location (AVL) system.

Evans claimed that a white Chevrolet allocated to Mkhabela was used to travel from his mother’s house in Matsulu to Mohlala’s house in KaNyamazane, about 35km away.

However, documents in City Press’s possession prove that Mkhabela’s supervisor, Captain Raymond Nxumalo, authorised him to use the Mazda 323 to investigate cases from January 2-6 2009 in the nearby Pienaar and Msogwaba areas.

The AVL records – which City Press has a copy of – do not show that the vehicle Mkhabela was driving went to the street where Mohlala’s house is situated or stopped nearby.

The case against the five goes back to the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on May 26, and a date for trial in the high court will be set then.

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