Top cop, sangoma and wet dog

2013-06-23 20:38
Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros (File, Sapa)

Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng police chief Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros has allegedly roped in a sangoma to investigate after a break-in at his Parktown, Johannesburg, office.

Captain Nomathemba Mgwebile, the sangoma who works as an executive secretary in Petros' office, was brought in to "sniff out" those responsible for the burglary on Monday.

Petros' office was broken into on the eve of Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi's murder, but nothing was stolen from it.

The suspects dug a hole through the ceiling of one of the toilets and walked into the police chief's office.

Three independent sources told City Press that Petros called Mgwebile to perform sangoma rituals in an attempt to identify those responsible for the incident.

Mgwebile, who is known as “Vumani Mahosi” and moved with Petros to Gauteng when he was appointed from the Western Cape in 2010, told a team of investigators she smelt "the smell of a wet dog" in Petros' office.

"But we don't know what she meant by that. I think it's sangoma language," said a police officer with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The officer said Petros had refused to use his office since the incident as he suspected spy cameras were planted and his office line was bugged.

Detectives combed the entire office looking for any spy cameras, but found nothing.

Petros’ spokesperson, Brigadier Neville Malila, didn't respond to specific questions about Mgwebile's role, her involvement in criminal investigations and whether part of her job is to advise Petros. - Additional reporting by Adriaan Basson, City Press
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