Former cop Treasurer ‘is lying’, says doctor’s killer

2015-09-02 09:48
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SABELO Dlamini, the gunman who shot dead Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram, has dismissed as “lies” suggestions that former policeman Brian Treasurer was not involved in the incident.

Treasurer maintains he simply drove Dlamini and his co-accused, Mfaniseni Nxumalo, to the Raisethorpe area on the night in question, May 13, 2013, because Dlamini wanted to visit his girlfriend to fetch money from her.

“I didn’t have a girlfriend in the Raisethorpe area,” Dlamini responded to questions by Treasurer’s attorney Bob Bahadur yesterday.

He said Treasurer dropped him and Nxumalo off opposite the surgery, and handed Dlamini a cocked gun with which to shoot the doctor.

After the murder had been committed, he and Nxumalo went to where Treasurer was waiting for them in his vehicle and he drove them back to Mason informal settlement in Copesville where they both lived, telephoning someone en route to tell them the “job was done”.

Dlamini agreed with Bahadur that it was Nxumalo who had initially approached him to shoot the doctor, allegedly because the doctor had not paid him for cutting his grass, and that he met Treasurer for the first time in the car before they drove to the surgery the night of the murder.

However, he denied that Treasurer did not know about the murder or the firearm that he had used.

He said the firearm was initially in the possession of Nxumalo, who handed it to Treasurer in the car. Just before dropping them off to commit the murder, Treasurer cocked the firearm and handed it to Dlamini.

He was challenged about small discrepancies between his evidence in court and in his statement when he pleaded guilty to the murder last year, such as stating that both Nxumalo and Treasurer pointed to the doctor’s surgery when they parked opposite the building shortly before the shooting.

In his evidence, he had mentioned only that Treasurer pointed out the surgery.

Dlamini also testified that Treasurer had telephoned someone after the shooting and told them the “job was done”.

In his statement he had added that Treasurer also said that money must be ready and that he would collect it.

Yesterday he said he could not remember any talk about money.

Dlamini confirmed, however, that Treasurer dropped him and Nxumalo off at the informal settlement after the shooting, promising to return immediately with money.

On his return, Treasurer had allegedly handed the money to Nxumalo who then gave it to him.

Dlamini said he was paid R12 000.

He dismissed Bahadur’s suggestion that Treasurer did not leave the informal settlement to go and fetch money, but had merely waited for the two men while they made arrangements to see a traditional healer.

Dlamini said he had never worked for Treasurer and denied the suggestion that the former policeman owed him money for work he had done renovating a creche at Copesville.

Bahadur said Treasurer would testify that he owed Dlamini R1 200 for this work and that he had telephoned him the afternoon of the murder in that regard.

“That is a lie. It did not happen,” Dlamini said.

The case is proceeding

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