DESPITE A CONFESSION, MURDER CASE REMAINS UNSOLVED
ASenior police officer is accused of halting an investigation on a murder case of Dingizwe Morris Ndwandwe in Sihhoye, even with an accomplice volunteering information.
The police officer has been cited in a number of cases in the area where he has proved to be working against law abiding citizens.
Recently, community members have been up in arms with rangers, where a case of an insane man was murdered at his house by IYSIS Rangers. The community accused the senior police officer of being in the forefront to ensure evidence is cleared, yet eye witness saw everything as it unfolded.
The community complained that the senior officer was always in the forefront to all the wrongs of the rangers, where they kill people at night on suspicions of pouching.
Another case was recently brokered case by a team of detectives to reopen and investigate an armed robbery where E157 000 and eight Cellphones were stolen.
The community wanted the commissioner of police to institute a commission of inquiry into the police station for purposes of opening a case of defeating the ends of justice.
The information of the cold case has been shared with Observer on Saturday after the publication exposed the laxity and unprofessional conduct of the senior officer at Tshaneni Police Station. The story attracted the attention of the national commissioner as the public volunteered information of unprofessional conduct of the officer.
The gruesome murder case of Dingizwe Ndwandwe in the year 2014 attracted an investigation. The case is alleged to have been water tight and an accomplice referred to the police voluntarily gave information. The accomplice known to this publication informed community police of the sleepless nights on the murder of Ndwandwe.
The accomplice asked for assistance of the community police on his mission to seek for an apology from the Ndwandwe homestead. The accomplice narrated all what happened on the day Ndwandwe was murdered and he was immediately arrested by the community police.
The accomplice is said to have continued to narrate the same information of what happened even in front of the community, recordings were done on cellphones. The confession was narrated to the police when the community reported and referred the suspect to the police.
However, the suspect was given his wish as he was taken to the Ndwandwe family to make his wish known that of seeking forgiveness. The the suspect’s wish was granted after he asked community leaders to help him go ask for forgiveness as he was having sleepless nights as the spirit of the murdered Ndwandwe was troubling him.
On investigation the Observer on Saturday visited the family toconfirm the information of our reliable sources. The farming family of Sihhoye narrated the ordeal of facing the suspect as he narrated the story of what happed on the day of the death of Ndwandwe.
Ndwandwe’s widow said “I was called from the Spaza (market stall) and I found him (confessing accomplice) with the community police who were sent by the community leadership.
He narrated all the information you have, he even pointed to the person (name deliberately withheld) who actually carried out the murder. He also told us how they carried out the murder saying they broke his neck, he was later taken and dumped closer home.” Martha Ndwandwe nee Mahlalela the widow, when questioned on what police did after the confession said, “the senior officer personally came here to inform us that the person had confessed and we sent him to them while the senior officer promised to return to inform them of the investigation, but he never returned to date”. The act of the police to release the suspect within hours without even arresting the person cited as having carried out the murder almost caused loss of life. The brother to murdered Dingizwe, out of anger, almost killed the accomplice when he was soon found with the same person he accused of committing the murder. The disappointed widow decried the happenings in the area. “We wish they can give us a police officer who would work with the community not an officer who is heartless, who doesn’t care about the community he works for”.
Police Information and Communication Officer Superitendent Khulani Mamba when asked about the case, confirmed knowledge of it but said it was still open for further investigation. Mamba said information that could lead to solving the murder is welcome.
When informed that a person confessed to be an accomplice and told the community about who actually carried out the murder and narrated what happened, Mamba insisted that record from the station the suspects do not link to the murder.
Mamba pleaded with the community or the family to help the police solve the case as it was still open for investigation.
The senior officer instead of being insensitive is supposed to protect the people. He is also alleged to be in illicit deals in the area where he is actively involved in all high profile cases.
He allegedly takes centre stage personally attending cases to be handled by subordinates, doing so in order to get something for his personal benefit.
The community of Sihhoye suspects the senior officer of being on payroll of criminals that are tormenting them.
The reliable sources continue to call for a commission of enquiry, for purposes of arrest as they are all suspicious that the senior officer is defeating the ends of Justice.
CONFIRMED: Police Information and Communication Officer Superintendent Khulani Mamba.