‘Satan used Bees to do his work’

2010-09-05 11:10

The mystery surrounding the murder charge against Blue Bulls prop Bees Roux deepens.

This week the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court heard that no alcohol tests were done after Roux’s arrest.

Sergeant Patrick Mafanele, a member of the investigating team, testified that the docket contained statements alleging that Roux had been driving under the influence of alcohol when he was stopped by the police in Hatfield, Pretoria, last Friday.

Mafanele had to concede that no blood or breathalyser tests were done.

The court heard that Roux, during the alleged assault on Sergeant Johannes Mogale (38), shouted at people on the scene to phone the police.

Roux alleges that he was the victim of theft and acted in self-defence.

Mogale died at the scene, where police arrested Roux after they arrived shortly after the policeman’s death.

The rugby player was taken to ­Sunnyside police station and remained in custody during the weekend, but no blood tests were done.

“According to the evidence, no blood alcohol tests had been done because the SAPS did not know at the time of his arrest that there was an allegation of drunk driving,” Brigadier Mahlomola Manganye, the commander of the station, told City Press.

“The court is in the best position to decide why no tests were done,” said Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Console Tleane.

Tleane pointed out that a lack of blood tests did not mean there was no evidence against Roux with regard to a drunk driving charge.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair pointed to another gap in the preliminary facts. He said the two Metro officers who, with Mogale, were part of the group that stopped Roux, had not been fully involved in the investigation.

Mafanele testified that he had visited the police officers but they could not supply any answers because they evidently “saw nothing”.

What Roux did during the evening is also not clear.

Roux’s agent, James Adams, denied that Roux had visited the Flamingo strip club as was alleged in a newspaper earlier this week.

Pieter Crous, the owner of Flamingo, also denied that the rugby player had visited his club on the night of the ­alleged murder.

Crous told City Press that several people had checked the video material from the closed-circuit camera system at the club.

“He (Roux) is not on the video material. The only way he could enter without being on the video material was by falling through the roof without being seen by anybody.”

According to Crous, a dancer said she saw “somebody who looked like Bees”, but the man had tattoos which Roux does not have.

Roux’s lawyer, Rudi Krause, said they had “full confidence” in the investigating officer.

The police are also investigating the alleged use of Roux’s credit card at a McDonald’s restaurant while he was incarcerated in a police cell.

Yesterday the Mogale family said goodbye to their breadwinner, who died on the day of his middle child’s birthday.

Speaking yesterday at Mogale’s funeral in Shakung, North West, Tshwane’s Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa urged people to leave the matter in the hands of the courts.

Ramokgopa’s remarks followed Metro Police director Ndumiso Jaca’s diatribe against Roux and the media during a memorial service for the slain policeman on Thursday.

Jaca, a chief of pro-active policing with the Tshwane Metro Police, asked the ancestors to haunt Roux until he told the truth.

Ramokgopa told the crying family that their father had been a hero.

“There are times when a community’s value system is challenged. I believe now is one of those times.”

The Rev J Makole told hundreds of mourners, including several politicians and at least 100 Metro Police officers, that Mogale had a bright future ahead of him.

“Satan uses people to do his work, and in this case he used a man, Bees.”

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