Ly­ing un­der oath ac­cused in court

ANC coun­cil­lor death probe slammed by Cosatu

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MOLAOLE MONTSHO

AMAN ac­cused of ly­ing un­der oath in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of a Rusten­burg coun­cil­lor, briefly ap­peared in the Rusten­burg Re­gional Court yes­ter­day.

The case against Em­manuel Ma­soka was post­poned to Au­gust 11, for dis­clo­sure of the docket con­tents.

Ma­soka was a wit­ness dur­ing the mur­der trial of for­mer Rusten­burg coun­cil­lor Moss Phakoe.

Phakoe was gunned down when he ar­rived at his home in Rusten­burg No­ord on March 14, 2009.

He had been away putting up ANC posters for the 2009 gen­eral elec­tion.

He was killed two days af­ter sub­mit­ting a dossier con­tain­ing ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion in the Rusten­burg mu­nic­i­pal­ity to the late lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Sicelo Shiceka.

For­mer Rusten­burg mayor Matthew Wol­marans and his body­guard Enoch Mat­shaba were ar­rested for Phakoe’s mur­der.

Ma­soka had tes­ti­fied dur­ing the trial that Wol­marans con­fessed to him that he had killed Phakoe when the two shared a cell at the Hart­beespoort­dam po­lice sta­tion near Brits, af­ter Wol­marans’ ar­rest.

Wol­marans was sen­tenced to 20 years in jail while Mat­shaba was sen­tenced to life. Ma­soka later de­posed in an af­fi­davit that his tes­ti­mony had been false, re­sult­ing in the re­lease of Wol­marans and Mat­shaba from prison.

He was charged with per­jury for mak­ing con­flict­ing state­ments un­der oath.

Cosatu said Phakoe was killed for ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion.

“We want to know why this man (Ma­soka) had to change his state­ment, why is the State not ap­peal­ing and we want to know who killed Moss,” said Cosatu deputy sec­re­tary Solly Phetoe yes­ter­day.

Phetoe, flanked by Phakoe’s son Papiki, lamented that Phakoe’s fam­ily was ne­glected even though he died work­ing for the ANC.

“It is painful no one wants to take care of Moss’s fam­ily, es­pe­cially the chil­dren. The worst thing is that Moss was killed af­ter putting up posters for na­tional elec­tion cam­paign…”

Ma­soka is in cus­tody serv­ing a sen­tence on an un­re­lated mat­ter. – ANA

It’s painful no one wants to take care of Moss’s fam­ily


CHARGED: The case against Em­manuel Ma­soka was post­poned to Au­gust 11.

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