Suspect in Joseph Mabuza’s death flees to Mozambique

Local officials say they are trying to get their foreign counterparts to let the man come this side and answer.


The suspect in the killing of Mpumalanga community safety spokesman Joseph Mabuza is currently in Mozambique.

This was revealed by police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma this week when asked by 013NEWS about the matter.

Mabuza, who was former community safety MEC Pat Ngomane’s spin doctor, died two days before he was to celebrate the 2018 Christmas holiday when a vehicle mysteriously made a U-turn on the highway, crashing with his motorbike on an oncoming lane.

Suspect in Joseph Mabuza's death flees to Mozambique

The horrific scene that ended community safety spokesman Joseph Mabuza’s life. PICTURE: Sowetan

Mabuza had apparently been asked to go assist with the high December road traffic on the N4 when he died on the spot on the Sunday afternoon of 23 December 2018 just before the Nkomazi toll gate – towards Mozambique.

Zuma said they have identified the suspect and they now know who he is and that he was currently in “a neighbouring state”.

He said they were busy with the process of having him brought to South Africa to answer for the December crash.

Zuma spoke to the 013NEWS reporter last week Wednesday 20 November 2019 about the man who “absconded” the case and “left for a neighbouring state”.

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“We’ve got information that the driver of that bakkie left for a neighbouring state and we are busy working with authorities from that state to get an extradition. You will know that it’s a process to get an extradition”.

While source revealed the man was in Mozambique but Zuma said he would disclose more about the case.

“At this point in time it may not be ideal which state he is currently in because you know that we are neighbours with Mozambique and Swaziland, so you can guess which state it is,” the provincial police boss said.

(edited by MLM)

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