PODCAST | Too Many Enemies: Exploring the assassination of Wandile Bozwana

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  • Wandile Bozwana met a violent end when he was gunned down in his car in Pretoria in October 2015.  
  • But his death is not unique, and bears many of the hallmarks seen in other assassinations in South Africa.
  • The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has been monitoring assassination trends in South Africa, which has recorded 1 822 hits between 2000 and 2020. 

Too Many Enemies, a podcast series, explores the assassination of a billionaire.

It is brought to you by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, in partnership with News24, and produced by Volume.

It's a story involving top politicians, taxi bosses and assassins. The series will look at what the assassination of Wandile Bozwana means for the state of politics, crime and justice in South Africa today. 

Listen to all the episodes, released weekly on News24, here.

Episode 1

In the first episode, producer Paul McNally explores the reasons behind the hit that led to Bozwana's death. He interviews private investigator, Mike Bolhuis, who the Bozwana family employed to investigate the case. Themba Gwabeni, a member of the North West Business Forum, also shares information on his old friend. Finally, Mark Shaw, the director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, gives some perspective on the case.

Episode 2

In the second episode of Too Many Enemies, producer Paul McNally sets out to investigate allegations that the hit was ordered by prominent ANC politician, Supra Mahumapelo, while he was the premier of the North West Province. 

Just kilometres away from where Bozwana was shot, he meets a source, who gives him insight into the evidence police have gathered on the Bozwana assassination case.

Episode 3

In this week's episode of Too Many Enemies, producer Paul McNally heads to the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, to see Vusi "Khekhe" Mathibela and his co-accused in the flesh. 

Mathibela, Sipho Hudla, Robert Mathupha and Bongingkosi Khumal stand accused of murdering Wandile Bozwana.

The former cop turned billionaire businessman was killed in a hail of bullets on a highway in Pretoria in October 2015. He died at the age of 43, shielding his business partner, Mpho Baloyi, from their attackers.

READ | The Wandile Bozwana case: A killing that epitomises the role of assassinations in SA today

The accused have pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Episode 4

This week in Episode 4 of Too Many Enemies, producer Paul McNally investigates the taxi industry's links to the Bozwana killing and its disturbing role in assassinations and violence in South Africa.

The man charged with hiring the hit men who shot Bozwana, Vusi "Khekhe" Mathibela , allegedly controls the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (MATA).

Mathibela, you will remember from last week's episode, is currently in prison and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

But even though he remains behind bars, his very name still invokes fear.

Episode 5

This week, in the penultimate episode of Too Many Enemies, producer Paul McNally shifts his focus from the murder of billionaire Wandile Bozwana, to investigate Southern Africa's assassinations crisis and how terrifyingly commonplace hits have become in the region. 

McNally goes back 20 years to one of the most infamous assassinations: the killing of acclaimed Mozambican journalist and editor Carlos Cardoso. Cardoso, who was investigating a $14-million fraud linked to the privatisation of Mozambique's largest bank, was shot dead in central Maputo in November 2000. The murder sparked global outrage. 

Episode 6

This week, in the final episode of Too Many Enemies, we attend the "fight of the century" in Las Vegas (Mayweather vs Pacquiao) and investigate the final pieces of the puzzle of billionaire businessman Wandile Bozwana's murder.

They involve a R1 million payoff, a flashy government minister and the bank account of a famous DJ.

Bozwana was shot multiple times while driving on a highway in Pretoria East in October 2015. He died while shielding his business partner, Mpho Baloyi, from the hail of bullets. 

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