Suspect in Jimmy Mohlala hit will sue

2012-02-07 09:17

A Mpumalanga cop who was until last week accused of assassinating former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala will sue the police for wrongful arrest and loss of income.

The former KaNyamazane police station constable, Finish Mkhabela (34), was fired in March on internal misconduct charges after he and four suspects were arrested for allegedly murdering Mohlala on January 4 2009.

The attorney for the five suspects, Slungu Thobela, said he would sue the police for wrongful arrest and detention on behalf of four of the suspects (a fifth has since died).

In Mkhabela’s case, loss of income will be added to bring the claim to R5 million.

He was arrested alongside White River flying squad constable Dumisani Mhlanga (31), Moses Mahungela (34), Jenny Mabika (59) and her son, Sakhile (32).

Mhlanga died – allegedly of a stress-related illness – after he was also fired from the flying squad unit.

Mohlala was fighting tender corruption in the R1.2 billion Mbombela Fifa World Cup stadium in Nelspruit before he was shot dead in what is widely believed to be a politically motivated hit.

The murder charges were withdrawn last week due to a lack of evidence but Mkhabela is still dismissed from his job and his appeal against the dismissal has been rejected.

The South African Police Union said it would take the matter further.

Said Isaac Magagula, the union’s Mpumalanga chairperson: “We’re not satisfied and are taking the matter for arbitration.”

The police union appealed the dismissal of both policemen after noting discrepancies in the evidence presented during the hearing about the car that was allegedly used and records of the automobile vehicle location system.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi was not immediately available for comment.

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