Cop 'dropped murder case for top job'
Johannesburg - The crime intelligence officer investigating the murder of Mpumalanga politician Jimmy Mohlala dropped the case so he could take a job in Premier David Mabuza's office, according to a report on Sunday.
The case apparently collapsed when Tshidiso Paka transferred to Mabuza's office in 2009 and the Hawks in the province arrested the wrong suspects in October 2010, City Press reported.
Charges against police officers Finish Mkhabela, 34, and Dumisani Mhlanga, 31, Moses Mahungela, 34, Jenny Mabika, 59, and her son Sakhile, 32, were dropped by the Nelspruit Circuit Court in January this year.
Mohlala, who was the Mbombela (Nelspruit) municipality speaker, was shot outside his house in January 2009. He was trying to expose tender corruption involving the city's R1.2bn World Cup Stadium.
According to the newspaper report, sources in the Mpumalanga police crime intelligence unit and the National Intelligence Agency said Paka investigated a hit list that featured names of whistleblowers.
One of the people on the list, who did not want to be named, told City Press they gave a statement to Paka about the assassination plot.
"Paka was busy with these cases when he suddenly got a job in the premier's office. He is the right person to shed light on Mohlala's death and the hit list," the person told the newspaper.
Paka had been acting general manager of the integrity management unit since joining Mabuza's department in 2010.