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Sunday World - - News - MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE

NOW the big fish are go­ing to fall.

That s what the fam­ily of mur­dered Joburg cop Tirhani Maswan­ganyi be­lieve af­ter a 33year-old man was sen­tenced this week to 20 years for the killing.

Swazi na­tional Siphiwe Madakane en­tered a plea deal with the state and is ex­pected to spill the beans on why Maswan­ganyi was killed.

Sun­day World has been re­li­ably in­formed that Madakane sur­ren­dered to po­lice in Jan­uary. He claimed he had to clear his con­science af­ter his fam­ily per­formed an­ces­tral rit­u­als in Swazi­land in De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Madakane told po­lice in a recorded con­fes­sion: Af­ter that [an­ces­tral ap­pease­ment rit­u­als] I couldn’t find peace.

I had to re­turn to clear my con­science.”

The Sun­day World mole said po­lice did not know about this man and were not pur­su­ing him at the time.

Madakane took in­ves­ti­ga­tors for the rou­tine crime scene point­ing-out.

The of­fi­cer told Sun­day World that Madakane even took the in­ves­ti­ga­tors to Maswan­ganyi’s home and told them that he had first met the of­fi­cer there.

A fam­ily spokesman said yes­ter­day that they were ex­cited be­cause rogue se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers, who they be­lieved had been in­volved in the mur­der of their brother, would even­tu­ally be known.

Maswan­ganyi s body was found in the veld along the R101 be­tween Ham­man­skraal and Pre­to­ria on June 18 last year.

He had been shot in the chest.

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