MEC is out to kill me – hubby

2010-10-31 10:47

A high-profile MEC is at the centre of a police investigation involving ­witchcraft, adultery and an alleged plot to kill her husband.

Phillip Segabutla told police that his wife, Limpopo health and social ­development MEC Miriam Segabutla had paid assassins to take him out.

“I was tipped that my spouse had instructed criminal agents in Gauteng to stalk me with the aim to take away my life when they get a chance,” he said in a statement to police.

The complaint was laid at the Polokwane police station on February 6.

According to correspondence ­between the estranged couple and ­senior police officers, Phillip accused his wife of witchcraft, adultery and ­hiring hitmen to kill him.

He also accused her of being involved in tender corruption in her department.

Miriam denied these accusations and subsequently accused Phillip of domestic violence, defamation, malicious prosecution and of endangering her ­employment.

In her March 31 successful court ­application for an interim court order against Phillip, she accused him of pressing criminal charges two months after she instituted divorce proceedings against him.

Documents revealed that Phillip ­immediately informed President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, national police commissioner General Bheki Cele, Premier Cassel Mathale and Limpopo safety and security MEC ­Dikeledi Magadzi of the criminal charges.

Musa Zondi, spokesperson for the elite crime-busting unit the Hawks, confirmed that they were investigating­ attempted­ murder charges­ against the MEC but ­refused to divulge details­.

He would not say whether anyone­ had been questioned, charged or arrested, adding “investigations were proceeding smoothly”.

Dated February 3, three days before criminal charges were laid, Phillip’s letter to Limpopo provincial police commissioner, Calvin Sengani, asked for a meeting between the two “for a detailed briefing concerning an illicit scheme of things aimed at taking away my life”.

Superintendent MB Maaboyi ­received the letter on Sengani’s behalf the following day.

Phillip pleaded with Sengani to treat the case “with the utmost care and ­diligence” because it was “sensitive” as he was the spouse of a senior politician.

“We are going through unpalatable state of affairs in our marriage relationship and during the weekend (January 30 to 31) I was tipped off that my spouse had instructed criminal agents in ­Gauteng to stalk me,” read the letter.

He promised to give Sengani a full statement upon meeting him.

Deputy provincial police commissioner Major General Benny Ntlemeza­, his colleagues Brigadier Justice­ Mandiwana and Colonel Nelson Mabotja ­apparently took the statement at the ­police’s Polokwane provincial headquarters three days later.

In a separate letter, titled “your sinister­ intentions”, Phillip informed his wife about the criminal case. He said he was “on the run and hiding as I told you” on February 1 this year “when you were insisting that I should come home”.

Phillip, a senior civil servant in Limpopo, said: “I can confirm that I have opened a criminal case against my former wife for the police to investigate, but I cannot divulge further information at this stage.”

Miriam added in court papers that Phillip threatened and bad-mouthed her, saying she “bewitched” him and was “involved in fraudulent conduct and various romantic affairs with young men”.

She said in court papers: “Since the aforesaid (institution of divorce proceedings two months earlier) the respondent­ (Phillip) instituted criminal proceedings against the complainant (Miriam) inter alia for attempted murder, instituted several investigations­ and criminal proceedings­ against the complainant and contacted family members of the complainant accusing the complainant that she bewitched the respondent.”

Mirriam’s lawyer Gert Van der Merwe said: “We know that he laid the charges, but we haven’t seen the contents of the docket.

What I can tell you is that she vehemently denies these ridiculous allegations, we invite, like we have done in the past, the authorities to investigate.”

He added that since the divorce was finalised he hoped that both parties would now be content with the matter and leave each other alone.

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