Top cop murder accused weeps in court

2013-08-14 18:36

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Pretoria - A co-accused in the murder case of top Gauteng cop Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi burst into tears while testifying on Wednesday.

Tshepo Mosai, 30, told the Pretoria North District Court police tortured him.

"Police brought a black refuse bag and then laid a carpet on the ground. They tied my hands and legs," he told the court during a bail application.

He said one of the officers brought a basketball cut in half and sat on top of him. His face was covered with the ball and he was unable to breath.

The process was repeated.

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, 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.

Mosai, Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe, 39, Roger Godfrey Moseki, 33, and Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, 29, face charges of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and driving a vehicle without the owner's permission.

Mosai claimed on Wednesday he was repeatedly tortured as police wanted him to confess on how Maswanganyi was killed.

The torture lasted for about two hours, and reached a point where he soiled himself, he said.

Police told him the story of how Maswanganyi was killed and said he should confess to it.

He was allowed to stand up and wash his pants before he received the instructions.

"They then told me how I killed Mr Maswanganyi together with the other accused. They said I should repeat what they said to see if I understood what I was told."

Taken to the police station

One of the officers recorded what he was saying on a cellphone. He was then taken to the Germiston police station and made to sign a document.

"I was then taken to Alberton police station to make a statement. An officer came to take a statement and he said he was there to take a statement about the issues I had confessed to in Germiston," he said.

He tried to tell the officer he was tortured into confessing but the officer would not hear about it.

"I said I couldn't sign the statement because I didn't know the information and I was told to say. I signed because I was scared he would take me back to Germiston."

After signing of the statement, he was taken back to Germiston police station to identify another accused.

"The officers came to the station with another person and accused number two. They asked who the other person was and I said I didn't know him," he said.

Officers arrived and informed him they were taking him to point out certain places and where the murder occurred.

Among the places was a BP petrol station in Roodepoort which he said he did not know. He said he remembered it from the conversations he had with accused four, Moseki.

"We went there and I was told to get out of the car. I was told to point at the ground and one officer took a picture. I then took them to Roger's [Moseki] house where we were standing on the 12th of June. I was again told I should point down while someone took a photo," he said.

They left Johannesburg and headed to Pretoria where the officers stopped at different places asking him if knew them. He said he was told to pay careful attention to the roads they used.

Maswanganyi's widow, Shereen, sat in the front row of the court wearing a black jacket and listened to the testimony carefully. There was a high level of security in and around the court room. Around 10 members of the tactical response unit were inside the court, with three of them heavily armed.

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