‘Dead maskandi artist’ set to appear in court

2012-02-06 15:16

The man who claims to be popular maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo – who is believed to have died three years ago – is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

The police’s Colonel Jay Naicker said the man was taken in for questioning on suspicion of fraud yesterday. However, he said he was yet to be charged.

“Detectives conducting the enquiry were convinced that the matter required criminal investigation and a docket was registered at Dundee SAPS where the man is currently in custody pending the criminal investigation. Detectives have been questioning the man this morning and are conducting further investigations,” said Naicker.

Police have denied reports that DNA testing was being done to determine if the suspect was Khumalo. “The line of questioning only started today. Why would we need to take DNA when we’ve just started with the investigation? That’s not something we’ve even contemplated,” Naicker said.

Khumalo is believed to have died and was buried in 2009.

On Sunday, police had to use water cannons to control the buzzing crowd who had flocked to Khumalo’s rural hometown of Nquthu, north of Durban, as the man claiming to be Khumalo told of his captivity in Johannesburg, where he was allegedly taken three years ago. The man claims to have been living in a bush with tokoloshes, zombies and animals.

Said Naicker: “The matter is being handled by detectives from the provincial headquarters who will work under the command of the provincial head of detectives, Major General Mjabuliswa Ngcobo... We are convinced that the investigation will be resolved swiftly,” he said.

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