Prophet helps in putting murderer behind bars
On Wednesday, 4 December, the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court sentenced Celemusa Ciniso Mabaso (30) of Thekwane to life imprisonment after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend last year.
The evidence presented in court revealed that the deceased and the accused were in a love relationship. On 22 November 2018, the deceased took a decision to end their relationship and that angered the accused .Later that day the accused went to the victim’s house. He stabbed her several times with a knife and slit her throat. The victim died on the scene. Upon realising that the victim is no longer breathing, he went to the prophet with the knife he used to stab the victim to seek help and also for a cleansing ceremony. After receiving the news, the prophet decided to inform the police while ensuring that the accused is not suspicious of any reporting and was arrested. In court, advocate Derrick Mashego presented DNA evidence of the blood found on the knife the accused brought to the prophet and that of a prophet. The post mortem report showed that the victim died of stabbed wounds. The accused was found guilty as charged. The accused was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Adv. Matric Luphondo has welcomed the conviction and sentence in the matter as it illustrated the commitment of the NPA in the fight against gender-based violence in our society.
A man murdered in a robbery: a suspect sought
A 53-year-old government employee was murdered on Saturday, 30 November, in the Sabie area.
Information at police disposal indicated that at about 22h50, the man who has now been identified as Murethi Ngale, was with his friends at a sports bar and he stepped outside after receiving a call. There was a sound of a gunshot outside and Ngale came back running but collapsed on the floor. Reports indicated that another man who was in possession of a firearm followed him and searched him. It is alleged that this unidentified man took the car keys from the victim and fled the scene using the victim’s Silver Amarok bakkie which had since been recovered between Sabie and Graskop. The police and the emergency personnel were summoned to the scene where unfortunately Ngale was certified dead.
The preliminary investigation also suggested that the deceased is a government employee attached to the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.
Police have since opened a case of murder and are adamant that the suspect(s) must be brought to book.
Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, has strongly condemned this heartless incident and requested that the community members that have vital information regarding the suspect(s), should immediately contact the police. The public can provide information to Detective Captain Thomas Motau on 0824489480 / 10111 can also be called or call 08600 10111.
Christian Resistance Movement suspects appear in court
Johannes Knoesen (60), Riana Heyman (54) and the two brothers, Eric Abrams (55) and Errol Abrams (49), appeared briefly at the Middelburg Magistrate Court on Monday, 2 December, on charges of contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities (POCDATARA) Act as well harbouring a wanted suspect in terms of the same Act. The four suspects and members of the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM) also known as the ‘Crusaders’ activities were remanded in custody pending their next appearance on 21 January 2020 at the same court. Their arrest follows investigations by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation and Crime Intelligence. Various firearms and 5300 ammunition of different calibres, documents and other items were confiscated by the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) for further probing. Investigations are still continuing.
Two suspects arrested for illegal possession of elephant tusks and firearms
Johan Cox (41) and Hendrick Bernardus Elvis (32) appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Thursday, 5 December, for illegal possession of elephant tusks and firearms in Sunriseview, Nelspruit. The two were arrested by members of the Hawks’ Wildlife Trafficking unit in conjunction with members from Nelspruit SAPS Crime Intelligence on Wednesday, 4 December, after information was received of two individuals who were allegedly in possession of elephant tusks. The joint team immediately acted on the information and conducted a search a seizure operation at the suspects premises which resulted in the seizure of six elephant tusks and five illegal firearms that were concealed inside a trailer. Investigations are underway to determine the origin of the tusks and the confiscated firearms and if they were used in the commission of any crime.
A woman is expected to appear in court for opening a false case with police
A 32-year-old woman was expected to appear before the Baberton Magistrate’s Court on 9 December after she was arrested on Saturday, 7 December, in Lowscreek for falsely opening a case with police. According to police information, the woman reported a case of robbery at Lowscreek SAPS and the case was duly opened as well as registered at the station. The woman alleged at the time of reporting that she is employed as an administration clerk at Sabie Sipsop, Komatiland. She added that she was robbed of her company’s laptop as well as cash. As with other cases, the police immediately begun with their investigation and used all available resources at their disposal to crack the case. Robbery is regarded to be one of the serious contact crimes due to the violent nature in which it occurs. Preliminary investigations revealed that the allegations of robbery by the woman were fabricated and it is further believed that she provided false names to police. A report has surfaced further that the woman earlier impersonated herself as a key witness who is placed under witness protection services and also claimed to be a legal expert in a high-profile case so that she could enjoy accommodation benefits at a Home-Based Care establishment. It has also come to light that the woman has absconded a court appearance in another case of found in possession of house breaking implements. The police traced, arrested and charged the woman with perjury. Police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges. Meanwhile, the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has since condemned the false reporting of the robbery case by the woman. “Every case reported to police is taken very seriously and necessary resources are channelled to resolve such a case, especially a case such as this one that has been reported by a woman. The resources could have been taken somewhere else to help those who really needed them most. We need to set an example with this one and we hope that a lesson will be learned from this,” said General Zuma.
Bus and articulated truck head on collision leaves two dead
Two people were killed when a bus and an articulated truck collided head on on Monday morning, 9 December around 06h00 on the R573 Road known as Moloto Road near KwaMhlanga. The two, one from the bus and another person from the truck, died on their way to the hospital. 12 people sustained serious injuries while six more people escaped with minor injuries. The injured were stabilised on the scene before being rushed to nearby hospitals. The cause of the collision is still not known at this stage however, the investigation by the police is underway. Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms. Gabisile Shabalala is sending condolences to the bereaved families and she has also wished those who were injured a speedy recovery.
She is calling on motorists to be cautious when using the roads, especially during wet weather conditions. She added that with increased vigilance on the part of motorists and other road users, crashes will be reduced during this holiday season and beyond.