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Johannesburg - A SANDF Military Intelligence Unit member, who is one of four men accused of murdering top cop Major-General Tirhani Maswanganyi, claimed on Thursday the arrest of two of his co-accused was initiated without proper investigation.
Speaking at their bail application in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court, Roger Moseki said police acted on information he had given them, despite his insistence that further investigations be carried out before an arrest warrant was issued.
Moseki, Tshepo Mosai, Daniel Nefolovhodwe and Isaac Vele are facing a schedule six murder charge after Maswanganyi’s bare-chested body was found, with his hands and feet bound, in a stretch of veld along the R101 on June 17.
On Thursday, Moseki took the stand in his defence during the bail application of the accused.
He said that during a meeting with senior police officials, including former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros, he informed them that Vele and Nefolovhodwe had contacted him on June 12, wanting to buy a gun.
“They said Vele wanted the gun because he was experiencing problems at work with a colleague. I took this in a serious light and contacted police intelligence.
“It was strange to me that men in uniform wanted an unlicensed firearm, and that was why I reported it,” Moseki said.
Moseki said he and his three co-accused met to discuss the purchase of the gun. A deposit of R600 was paid to Mosai, who was to arrange the weapon, but this was never given to them.
This was part of what they called a “knocking game” - with the aim of taking the money from Vele, but the intention was never to give him a firearm.
Moseki said that during the meeting at Petros’s office in Midrand, he called a State attorney, asking him to issue warrants of arrest for Vele and Nefolovhodwe. Mosai said this came after he had told them about his co-accused’s request for a weapon.
“The police and I spoke about this and also the general’s (Maswanganyi) murder that took place a few days after they came to see me about getting a gun. I said it was suspicious, but also said we must investigate it first.”
The trial continues.