Bribery: cop’s accuser killed

2011-08-20 00:00

MOSES Sabelo Madondo, the man who refused to pay a bribe to a police officer to make his docket disappear, was shot and killed on Thursday evening.

Madondo had just parked his minibus taxi at his home in Sphumelele Township, Howick, when unknown men accosted him.

Howick police spokesperson Lolly Moodley said the men attacked Madondo, who fought back and hit one of his assailants over the head with a spade.

One of the men shot him and they fled in a white motor vehicle.

The wounded assailant was found dead yesterday morning. He had a bullet wound to the head.

Moodley said three spent 9 mm cartridges and one 9 mm round were found on the scene.

“The motive for the incident is unknown and no arrests have been made. A case of murder is under investigation,” said Moodley.

He confirmed that the wounded suspect was found dead in the Boston area.

At this stage the man has not been identified.

A source whose name is withheld for fear of reprisals said it is strange that Madondo was killed after blowing the whistle on police officer Mlungisi George Khena earlier this month.

“Even a brainless person can put two and two together. Khena was investigating Moses and Mthunzi Nxele, the man who was found dead this morning. Because he believed in his innocence, Moses decided not to be drawn into an illegal activity by bribing a cop, but instead he reported the matter,” said the source.

After Madondo blew the whistle the crime investigating unit arrested Khena for soliciting a R15 000 bribe from Madondo to make his murder and attempted murder dockets disappear, but his case was thrown out of court after his defence argued that he was not charged within the prescribed 48-hour period.

Captain Moodley said he could not link Madondo's murder to anyone as investigations are ongoing.

He said Khena resigned from the police force last Friday.

Early this month Khena failed to appear at Lady­smith Magistrate’s Court for sentencing on a separate charge of extortion. He submitted a doctor’s certificate instead and the case was postponed to October 14. He was to have been sentenced after he was found guilty of soliciting bribes between 2008 and 2009 from people whose relatives were tried in Ladysmith.

Khena is also standing trial in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court for armed robbery.

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