Cop 'dropped murder case for top job'

2012-04-22 20:18

Johannesburg - The crime intelligence officer investigating the murder of Mpumalanga politician Jimmy Mohlala dropped the case so he could take a job in Premier David Mabuza's office, according to a report on Sunday.

The case apparently collapsed when Tshidiso Paka transferred to Mabuza's office in 2009 and the Hawks in the province arrested the wrong suspects in October 2010, City Press reported.

Charges against police officers Finish Mkhabela, 34, and Dumisani Mhlanga, 31, Moses Mahungela, 34, Jenny Mabika, 59, and her son Sakhile, 32, were dropped by the Nelspruit Circuit Court in January this year.

Mohlala, who was the Mbombela (Nelspruit) municipality speaker, was shot outside his house in January 2009. He was trying to expose tender corruption involving the city's R1.2bn World Cup Stadium.

According to the newspaper report, sources in the Mpumalanga police crime intelligence unit and the National Intelligence Agency said Paka investigated a hit list that featured names of whistleblowers.

One of the people on the list, who did not want to be named, told City Press they gave a statement to Paka about the assassination plot.

"Paka was busy with these cases when he suddenly got a job in the premier's office. He is the right person to shed light on Mohlala's death and the hit list," the person told the newspaper.

Paka had been acting general manager of the integrity management unit since joining Mabuza's department in 2010.

  • Squeegee - 2012-04-22 20:25

    Keystone Cops.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-22 21:31

      There is a good old Afrikaans saying "Geld wat stom is maak reguit wat krom is"

  • Songezo - 2012-04-22 20:32

    A cover up by corrupt govt. officials maybe?

  • Wesley - 2012-04-22 20:36

    If the info act become law we are history

      Benn - 2012-04-23 02:54

      We are history even without it.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-22 21:55

    Mohlala was a big loss for my native Nelspruit. He was amongst the few good ones. I don't remember seeing so much grief on the local newspaper when they were reporting his assassination.

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-22 22:31

      My party? WTF?! I haven't hosted a party since I turned 21.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-22 22:42

      @Sinudity, applying impartiality and upholding objectivity in analysing a case does help.

  • northsandbluff - 2012-04-22 21:57

    Surely this is a joke? Made head of the "Integrity Management Unit"? This country stumbles from the ludicrous to farcical on a daily basis. He takes the 12 coins and they make him head of "Integrity"! He was entrusted as a policeman and then sells out. The "people" who transferred him have a truly macabre sense of humour!

      Tanie - 2012-04-22 22:32

      Do you think he even knows what integrity means? huh!

  • Anton - 2012-04-22 21:58

    Waht's the issue??? It certainly isn't his problem that the police couldn't finish the job. People leave their jobs all the time for greener pastures, it's the police's responsibility to solve the issue then. Even if it was a way to get him off the job, it's still no excuse for the police not to solve the case.

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-23 07:19

      I agree Anton, look at the father that took 5 days to hunt down his daughter's killers because the police weren't making any headway

  • stanford.frost - 2012-04-22 22:31


  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-22 22:39

    Congrats and good luck on your new endeavours. We all look for greener pastures, so there shouldn’t be anything funny when an investigating officer does the same. If news24 has evidence that this man accepted the new position so that he can run away from that case, as this article implies, they must explicitly tell and provide the proof. …..Sensationalizing reporting.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-22 22:59

    DD Mabuza wouldnt know integrity if it hit him in the face, he probably set up the unit to lift the corner of the mat.

  • Ian - 2012-04-23 06:41

    banana with gravy anyone

  • Angela - 2012-04-23 07:43

    Intergrity management unit bwahahahahahahah. Mpumalianga is a freakshow!

  • Cassius - 2012-04-23 08:18

    The cop is as corrupt as the David mabuza's office.Perhaps the cop was given two options. Is either he takes the job or he will be conspired as well.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:33

    Don't see the problem here, the man left his job for a better one, the police force itself would have been responsible for handing the case over to someone else.

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