Joseph Mabuza’s family says cops no longer update them

Joseph Mabuza's family says cops no longer update them
MYSTERIOUSLY DIED: Late Mpumalanga community safety spokesman Joseph Mabuza whose bizarre death just before Christmas in 2018 remains elusive for police. PICTURE BY Facebook

The cops say they are still busy with processes.

The family of late government spin doctor Joseph Mabuza says the investigating officer in the case longer updates them about progress.

Family spokesman Conrad Sibuyane told the SABC that it’d been a long time since their brother died and didn’t understand why there’s still no arrest being made despite the fact that the cops now know the suspect.

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Mabuza, who worked as spokesperson for the Mpumalanga community safety department, died 2 days before he was to celebrate the 2018 Christmas holiday.

A vehicle mysteriously made a U-turn on the highway towards Mozambique, crashing with his motorbike on an oncoming lane.

Joseph Mabuza's family says cops no longer update them

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.

Police sources December 2019 leaked the photo of the suspect in the murder of Mabuza, identified in the docket as ‘Kwanele Shabangu’ and originally from eSwatini. 

He is believed to be in Mozambique but police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma last year said it could either be Mozambique or eSwatini, he would however not reveal.

“It has been a long time [since] my brother passed away,” Sibuyane said last week when he spoke to the SABC.

He said the cops once told them that the suspect is in eSwatini.

“The suspect has not been arrested and the police have not given us any information on the case,” he said. “We don’t know why they don’t bring the suspect to South Africa to tell us what happened,” he added.

Police spokesman Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the cops should be commended because in the first place they were able to find the name of the suspect and were now doing the final work of getting him to South Africa.

“The investigation team worked tirelessly where they finally established who the suspect is,” Mdhluli told the SABC. 

“The police also discovered that the person they were looking for skipped the country after the unfortunate incident. Remember when a suspect has gone into hiding in another country, there are due processes to be followed. We are working together with our counterparts in government who are liaising with officials in the other country and a warrant of arrest has been issued to that regard.”

(edited by ZK)

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