Murder-accused worked with cops, court hears

2013-09-18 16:37

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - One of four men arrested and charged with the murder of Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi worked closely with the police, the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Roger Godfrey Moseki, an employee of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), told the court he had helped in many police investigations and would frequently be paid for this.

Prosecutor Lucas Moseki questioned the soldier's claims.

"You work for the defence force as a rifleman. By rifle, I mean firearm, how then do you assist in police investigations?"

Moseki said he worked in the army's military intelligence unit.

He said that when he found crime-related information, he conveyed it to a policeman identified as Willem van der Merwe, as he was the only officer he trusted.

The court heard on Wednesday that, after Moseki's arrest in connection with Maswanganyi's murder, Van der Merwe visited him in jail.

"He came to talk about the money I was owed. He came to make arrangements on how I would be paid since I was now in jail. I was owed 10 grand [R10 000] for the information I supply to the police. The fee is fluctuating, sometimes it's more and sometimes it's less."

The prosecution said it would be disputed that Moseki helped police investigations.

Bail application

Security was tight at the court on Wednesday when the four accused appeared in a bail application.

Ten members of the police tactical response team, armed with rifles, were stationed inside and outside the courtroom.

Moseki appeared with Tshepo Mosai, Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, and Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe. They were arrested in June in connection with the murder of the former Johannesburg cluster commander.

Maswanganyi's body was found on 17 June in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, with his hands and feet bound.

This followed a search which was launched after a police patrol found his Isuzu bakkie abandoned next to the R101.

A police uniform and a police identification card were in the car.

At his last court appearance on 6 September, Moseki claimed the police had tortured him into admitting that the slain officer's wife was involved in the crime, the Saturday Star reported.

He alleged that he was nearly drowned in a bucket of water, and that he was assaulted.

"They told me that I should admit the fact that I was aware that Maswanganyi's wife has hired us to kill the general, but I could not do that because it was not true. I told them I don't even know who she is," he was quoted as saying.

Read more on:    police  |  sandf  |  tirhani maswanganyi

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.