Witnesses say Colonel Sy Maseko’s killers came in three cars

He was gunned down in his driveway Tuesday night this week.

Witnesses who saw Ackerville top cop Lieutenant-Colonel Simon ‘Sy’ Maseko being gunned down outside his home this week have said that his killers drove in three cars, which included a white Toyota Quantum.

They say Maseko was actually shot three times to the head and not six times as previously reported.

He died on the spot outside his Ackerville township home before 8 on Tuesday night this week and his assassins left in a Polo, Mercedes-Benz and a white Toyota Quantum, those who saw it happen have said.

Maseko, who was in his 50s, was a commander of crime prevention at the Vosman police station in eMalahleni and national commander General Khehla Sitole has instructed the police organisation to do all in its power to find the suspects.

Sitole said the killing of the cop was an “attack on the nation” and “as a nation we need to rally together to bring these continued attacks on our [members] to a grinding halt”.

One of the witnesses said he was coming from a shop and walking through Mtsuki Street when he heard gunshots at the man’s home.

“His car was cornered by the Quantum and the Polo and the Mercedes was on the side of the street.  Then the three cars dashed off. Afterwards the whole township heard that the men were actually killing Sy,” one of the witnesses who live in the township said Thursday.

“Though I can’t say what colour were the Merc and Polo as it was dark but the Quantum was white. I saw it,” the witness said when they spoke to the 013NEWS reporter on Thursday morning.

“They were together. Anybody could tell they were travelling together because of the speed they used when they left after the gunshots, ” the witness said.

Witnesses say Colonel Sy Maseko's killers came in three cars

Lieutenant-Colonel Simon ‘Sy’ Maseko

Maseko was also involved in the police’s brass band.

National police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said Maseko’s killers left the scene without taking anything. He added the motive for killing the man is still not known.

He said all police divisions have been “mobilised”, including the Hawks, crime intelligence and tactical response teams for the sole purpose of finding Maseko’s killers.

The police are appealing to anyone with information to call 082 462 0804, 082 567 4153, 082 556 5356 or 086 00 10111.

Callers may remain anonymous and information will be treated with “strictest confidence,” Naidoo said.

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Man in eMalahleni ‘muthi murder’ disappears after getting bail

The body of the victim was found with missing parts in a shallow grave. A traditional healer was nabbed along with him.

The police in Mpumalanga are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dennis Sipho Motubatse who has absconded court appearance.

Police said Motubatse was now “nowhere to be found”.

They were now asking the public to call them immediately on 084 589 1128 with any information that can lead to his arrest.

Motubatse was arrested on 23 March 2018 for allegedly murdering his employer 64-year-old Aletha Maree. A traditional healer was also arrested with Motubatse but had since died in custody.

Maree was reported missing on 28 February 2018 at the Vosman police station. When police investigated, they found that Motubatse was an employee of the woman and allegedly showed them the shallow grave where they had allegedly buried her.

Certain parts of her body were missing and was allegedly found in the traditional healer and Motubatse’s possession. It’s believed she was killed for muthi.

Motubatse was granted bail and is now nowhere to be found, Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe said.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 084 589 1128, 013 659 8400 or 08600 10111.

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Mbombela tenderprenuer Mabuya Manana dies in hail of bullets

The young businessman was engaged in a road rage incident, those who saw it happen said.

Mbombela tenderpreneur Mabuya Manana has died in a hail of bullets.

He was killed in eMalahleni Down Town on Friday afternoon (8 March) driving his Audi TT.

Those who saw it happen at around 2 in the afternoon in the CBD corner of Arras and Beaty Avenue said it was a road rage incident.

They say they saw the driver of a white Toyota tazz and white Audi TT getting out of their cars and engaging in a fist fight.

A hawker in Down Town eMalahleni who spoke to 013NEWS said it was “over the use of the road”.

“The two started fighting with fists and thereafter one of the drivers went to his vehicle and the other one did the same. When they both got out they were carrying guns and they began shooting at each other,” the hawker told the 013NEWS reporter.

Manana was rushed to hospital but later was declared dead.

The ferocity of the gun battle that took the the 36 year-old Mpumalanga businessman’s life was visible with the more than 14 bullet shells police found on the scene of the shooting.

The scene of the shooting that ended the life of young businessman Mabuya Manana on the corner of Arras and Beaty Avenue in downtown eMalahleni

eMalahleni police spokesman Captain Eddie Hall said the driver of the Tazz handed himself over to eMalahleni cops shortly after the incident.

“Both firearms were seized and the driver arrested. Preliminary reports indicated that both firearms were licensed,” Hall said.

Manana was a successful entrepreneur from Mbombela and his company, Metro Collect, scored lucrative tenders in various Mpumalanga municipalities, providing revenue collecting services.

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Manhunt for policeman after wife is gunned down

The police confirmed they were indeed looking for the sergeant.

The eMalahleni police have launched a manhunt for one of their colleagues after his wife Busi Mokwana was found shot dead a few kilometres from her home.

The police are basing their chase for Sergeant Elvis Sithole on information they received from Mokwana’s family, which includes an SMS he allegedly sent to her uncle.

Mokwana was found dead Thursday afternoon 3 January 2019 in the eMalahleni suburb of Tasbet Park. She was in her car that was parked on the side of the road and had a gunshot wound on the side of her head.

Local police told the 013NEWS reporter on the sidelines of the scene at Kiepersol Street that Mokwana’s uncle, known only as Mokoena, received a “shocking SMS” from the policeman and it was alluding to the death of the 34-year-old mineworker woman.

Manhunt for policeman after wife is gunned down

The scene where Busi Mokwana’s body was discovered.

In the SMS, which the 013NEWS reporter saw and obtained through a screengrab, Sithole allegedly wrote that this was a “lesson that next time there is a problem in the family you don’t just run to the police station”.

Manhunt for policeman after wife is gunned down

Local police said it was sent around 3 in the afternoon – while police and the family were on the scene. She was last seen this morning at around 6 when she left for work in her maroon Renault Clio.

“Investigations are continuing, we are currently looking for the sergeant to assist us with investigation,” one police officer told the 013NEWS reporter before referring further queries to provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi who said a full statement will be released.

Manhunt for policeman after wife is gunned down

WANTED: eMalahleni cop sergeant Elvis Sithole.

The incident has left the Mokwana family devastated, believing that this occurred as a consequence of the troubles they faced in their marriage.

Uncle Mokoena said that around October 2018 Sithole beat Mokwana badly, to the extent that her eyes were “closed from the swelling”.

“After the incident she left him and she was living with me. We very very disturbed as a family, he had been threatening her and was obviously following her” Mokoena said.

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Four children found killed in Klarinet, mother in custody

The mother and her four children, were last seen on 26 December 2018.

Neighbours of the family were left horrified this week after the gruesome discovery of the four siblings in Klarinet township, west of eMalahleni, on Sunday.

The four minors aged eight, seven, four and 11 months were found killed and wrapped in blankets in their home after their mother called family members and told them to go check her house.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leornard Hlathi says the 30 year old mother and her children, two girls and two boys, were last seen together on Boxing Day and “all seemed to be well at the time”.

She handed herself over to cops yesterday (30 Dec 2018) and is expected to appear before the eMalahleni Magistrates Court soon.

This is a developing story…

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