Suspect in Mabuya Manana’s murder case released on warning

He was one of youngest businessmen in the province, scoring quite greener work with municipalities through his Metro Collect revenue collection company.


The suspect who allegedly shot dead Mbombela businessman Mabuya Manana has been released on warning, the police said this week.

Captain Eddie Hall of the eMalahleni police said the prosecutor at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court advised that there was lack of evidence and therefore the man be released.

The man is identified as 33-year-old Thabani Myeni.

“He was released on warning. The prosecutor advised that the docket be withdrawn from the court roll,” Hall said.

Myeni appeared briefly at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court on the Monday morning of 11 March 2019, having spent a weekend in jail.

He was arrested on the Friday afternoon of 8 March 2019 after a shootout that left Manana dead on the corner of Arras and Beaty Avenue in Down Town eMalahleni.

The gun fight was between Manana and the man, and was allegedly the result of a “road rage”, according to reports. Manana was shot and died later in hospital.

Suspect in Mabuya Manana's murder case released on warning

The scene on corner of Arras and Beaty Avenue where cops picked up more than 16 bullet shells after the shootout

Manana was driving his white Audi TT and the suspect a white Toyota tazz. Both guns involved in the shooting have been sent for ballistics investigation.

Hall said the suspect was released shortly after appearing the same Monday but this week the prosecutor “advised that the docket be withdrawn from the court roll due to insufficient evidence”.

“The investigating officer must obtain witness statements as well as ballistic and forensic evidence, then the docket will be brought back to the senior public prosecutor for decision on whether to prosecute or not.

“The suspect remains out on warning and will be notified of next court appearance date,” Hall said.

(edited by MLM)

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