Relative held for Ladysmith cop’s death

2014-07-17 00:00

THE arrest of a close relative of a Ladysmith policeman brutally murdered two months ago is shocking but not surprising, his family said yesterday.

The woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested on Monday for the murder of Warrant Officer Bongani Sibusiso Xaba (50).

They were expected to appear at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but The Witness was unable to get confirmation of this yesterday.

Xaba died in hospital on June 22, almost a full month after he was attacked on Collings Pass, at Elandslaagte near Ladysmith, while travelling with the relative. At the time, police were told he was attacked by two unknown men.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said during the investigation, detectives had found the attack was not random as was first believed, but had been planned.

Zwane said two cellphones were allegedly stolen during the attack on Xaba.

He alleged that the relative had hired a man to murder him.

He said the “hit-man” was arrested at Roosboom and the woman at Steadville on Monday.

“During the arrest of the [relative] the ‘stolen’ cellphones were recovered in her possession,” ­alleged Zwane.

Xaba’s brother, Dumisani Xaba, who is based in Johannesburg, said the relative who was arrested had not bothered to tell his family about the attack on his brother, despite knowing their whereabouts.

He said the injuries Xaba had suffered showed a brutal attack. However, the woman relative, who was with him at the time he was attacked, allegedly claimed not to have seen or heard anything.

He said Xaba, who was ­employed at the Ladysmith Vehicle Identification Section, had severe injuries on his hands that looked like they had been inflicted with a panga. He said his brother had broken fingers and also sustained serious injuries on his head.

“He was trying to protect his head. I cleaned him at the mortuary and from the injuries he ­suffered, even if he survived, he would have been nothing.”

Xaba said the family was still very traumatised by the attack and hoped the police would see their investigation to a final conclusion.


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