Heist witnesses murdered days apart

2013-09-03 10:14

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Johannesburg - Two witnesses who were apparently set to testify about heists in which a top former crime intelligence police officer was allegedly involved were murdered within days of each other, according to a report.

The Times reported on Tuesday that Zimbabwean Phulumani Ncube and another man identified only as Siphiwe were shot dead in July.

They were apparently going to testify for the prosecution in the trials of those suspected to be involved in the cash heists, including Captain Morris "KGB" Tshabalala.

Tshabalala appeared in a Sasolburg court in June in connection with a R3m cash heist in the Free State.

According to The Times, several witnesses were placed in a protection programme because of fears for their safety.

Siphiwe's body was discovered at a Soweto dump site at the end of July, and Ncube's body was found a week later on a farm in Mpumalanga.

A police source said Ncube could have provided crucial evidence in the investigation into Tshabalala.

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