Suspected rhino horn thief says more informants

2014-07-20 15:13
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Mbombela - One of the four men accused of stealing 112 pieces of rhino horn from a strongroom at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) testified that, like him, one of his co-accused is also a police informer.

Leonard Sizwe Malatjie, 34, who was arrested on 7 June and has pleaded not guilty to housebreaking and theft, testified in Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday that Selby George Khoza, 39, told him in 2011 that he was a police informer.

He said they were meeting with police officers about wanted suspects at the time.
Malatjie, Khoza, and the two other accused, Gideon Mtshali, 51, and Velly William Zwane, 43, were all appearing for their bail application on Friday.

Responding to questions from Khoza's defence lawyer, Malatjie said Khoza had not been involved in any crimes.

He said he only mentioned to Khoza's name to the police because the police assaulted him.
State prosecutor Ansie Venter said Malatjie had said in his statement that it was Khoza who told him what the safe looked like at the MTPA's offices.

Malatjie denied discussing the safe with Khoza.

The case was then postponed to allow the state to supply the defence with their clients' case dockets.

Earlier in the day, Magistrate Christa du Plessis rejected an application by Mtshali's defence lawyer, Sifiso Mabilane, and Malatjie’s defence lawyer, Enos Mazibuko, for their clients' bail applications to be held separately.

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