DE­SPITE A CON­FES­SION, MUR­DER CASE RE­MAINS UN­SOLVED

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sicelo Maziya

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.

Asked

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.

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