Top cop murder accused called sangoma

2013-10-19 07:59

Pretoria - One of four men arrested for the murder of Johannesburg cluster commander Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi pleaded with a sangoma "to make his case go away", the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Provincial investigating unit commander Colonel Abednego Shibiri said Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe sought the services of a sangoma prior to his arrest on 25 June.

"We have the transcripts of the phone records. He called the sangoma on the 24th and told him that accused number one [Ndaedzo Isaac Vele] had been arrested and wanted the case to go away," Shibiri said during the four men's bail application.

He told the court that Nefolovhodwe had spoken to the sangoma in Venda.

Nefolovhodwe's lawyer disputed Shibiri's claims and said the police should have brought the transcript to court.

Shibiri said the evidence was not before the court because the transcription process had not been concluded.

Earlier, the court heard that Vele did not have money and would not abscond if released on bail.

Advocate Johann Engelbrecht, for Vele, cross-examined Shibiri about the police evidence against his client.

"I have a problem in this matter. You come here to oppose bail in this matter on the basis of the expectation that further evidence will reveal A, B, or C. Where are the cellphones and the iPad [of Maswanganyi]?"

Shibiri said ongoing investigations would disclose the people who took the murdered policeman's property.

Engelbrecht was not convinced: "Oh please, you don't know that the further investigation will recover the cellphones and the iPad. You hope that, possibly."

Shibiri said his hopes were pinned on the investigations currently underway. However, Engelbrecht contended there was no evidence placing his client at the scene of the crime.

Vele, Nefolovhodwe, Tshepo Mosai, and Roger Godfrey Moseki are accused of killing the senior policeman.

Cop found dead in a field

Maswanganyi was found dead in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, near the R101, in June.

His hands and feet were bound. A police patrol found Maswanganyi's abandoned Isuzu bakkie next to the road.

A police uniform and police identification card were in the bakkie, which prompted a search.

Three of the four accused, including Vele and Nefolovhodwe, were members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

Engelbrecht said Shibiri's team had found that Vele could not escape and start afresh in another country.

"His financial position is virtually zero. No money is in the possession of the accused, which would enable him to leave and stay out of the country.

"You also confirmed his residential address and found that he has a pregnant girlfriend whom he is planning to marry."

Shibiri disagreed.

"I am a police officer and in my experience people have left countries without a cent. People also come into countries without a cent," he said.

"We confirmed about the girlfriend, but I cannot say anything about him wanting to marry her. He [Vele] is the one who knows that."

Shibiri told the court the evidence linking Vele to the crime was his own confession, admissible in court.

Engelbrecht said Vele would surrender his passport to the police in an attempt to increase his chances for bail.

Shibiri said investigations so far had revealed that Vele had been out of South Africa 16 times.

The bail applications were postponed to 6 and 7 November.

  • Willem Labuschagne - 2013-10-19 08:19

    Why does people trust in sangomas?? If they really could perform "magic" then surely there won't be any aids or murders or maybe even taxi's.. or an anc government..

      Ritz40 - 2013-10-19 10:46

      Because it works!! :)

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-10-19 08:31

    I bet at least half of the people who will be commenting on what a moron this guy is (which he is) for believing in such crap (which it is) will be people who are religious and/or spiritual and thus, ironically, believing in equally moronic crap.

      Odirile Seemise - 2013-10-19 08:55

      I'm glad you pointed it out Bob, the hypocrisy will shine through. The same reason they will give for this guy being a moron, is the same reasons that they won't see makes them morons as well, with their religious beliefs.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-10-19 10:25

      Bob Wowzer. Because I am a Buddhist, I should keep my mouth shut just because I belief that goodness is in everyone?.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-10-19 11:25

      Van Rensburg: Because I'm Pastafarian, I should shut my mouth just because I believe that there is goodness in every bowl of spaghetti and meatballs?

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-10-19 08:35

    Where can I contact this sangoma? I want a certain prez to go away.

      Anthony Spruyt - 2013-10-19 10:45

      I'll also chip in.

      phosa.peter2 - 2013-10-19 10:48

      Here i am..dude, come now

  • NicolasGombert - 2013-10-19 08:42

    What is the relevance of this to the case as he "consulted" with the sangoma AFTER the murder. The esteemed Advocate Johann Engelbrecht is now grabbing at straws to get his client off the hook. This is the problem with justice in SA, it is no longer about what is wrong and what is right, it is about who can afford the most expensive legal team. The same thing is happening at the Marikana hearing.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-10-19 08:46

    Savages still believing in Sangomas. ........still in the dark ages

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2013-10-19 10:51

      they got stuck in the early part of 1400. The sun is shining, but the blinkers are still on

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-10-19 10:22

    That was a waste of time then wasn't it?.

  • Hartmut Balzer - 2013-10-19 12:03

    Engelbrecht you wrong. Law is NO BAIL FOR PEOPLE IN A CASE FOR MURDER OR RAP. That is law. You can see your change any where but stay out of any court room.

  • John Tex - 2013-10-19 12:50

    They still 150 years behind us shame

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-19 16:15

    Hehehehe ay no man!

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