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Pretoria - The Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court heard evidence on Wednesday from a senior police officer about the murder of former Johannesburg cluster commander Maj-Gen Tirhani Maswanganyi.
Provincial investigating unit commander Colonel Abednego Shibiri told the court about the results of a police probe into the murder.
“After a meeting to kill General Maswanganyi was (held) on June 12, the accused - Ndaedzo Isaac Vele, Nditsheni Daniel Nefolovhodwe, Tshepo Mosai and Roger Godfrey Moseki - drove to Roodeport in an army vehicle with military plates,” said Shibiri.
“We have footage of the garage where they parked and money was withdrawn (for the acquisition of a firearm). That money was shared between accused three and four (Mosai and Moseki).”
Subsequent meetings were held and indications were that another general, identified as General Nkonyane, who lives in Naturena, was also supposed to be killed.
“It is accused four (Moseki), who was chairing the meeting, who suggested that there was another general who needed to be eliminated,” Shibiri testified.
“He told the other accused that that general had caused many police officers to lose their jobs.”
Moseki told the court he was a police informant, and that he worked with a policeman identified as Willem van der Merwe.
Like Moseki, Vele and Nefolovhodwe were members of the SA National Defence Force. They drove a black Mercedes-Benz SA Army vehicle, according to Shibiri.
He said that after Maswanganyi's murder, Mosai became terrified “because Moseki and his handler (Van der Merwe) would have him arrested for the crime”.
“We were with him (Moseki) at one point and a number which starts with 082 411, which are police contact lines, was calling him. He looked very frightened.”
The investigating team, of which Shibiri was a member, later met Mosai, Moseki and his “handler” Van der Merwe.
Shibiri said he started questioning the version of events presented by Mosai, which led the police to include Vele and Nefolovhodwe on the suspects' list.
Nefolovhodwe later told the police Vele had asked him for help acquiring a gun.
“Initially he said the gun was to be used to kill a certain driver because of jealousy about cars. He later changed and said the gun they acquired was to be used to kill a general,” said Shibiri.
“I showed him pictures of Tshepo (Mosai) and he said he knows him as Chris - the person who was supposed to provide the firearm.”
Shibiri continues his testimony on Thursday.
Members of the police tactical response team, armed with rifles, kept watch inside and outside the courtroom on Wednesday.