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Trial of accused in murder of Ipid investigator Mandla Mahlangu will start soon, family told

23 May 2022 - 15:56
Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigator Mandla Mahlangu was shot dead in a suspected hit disguised as an armed robbery. Stock photo.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate investigator Mandla Mahlangu was shot dead in a suspected hit disguised as an armed robbery. Stock photo.
Image: Pop Nukoonrat/123RF

The Pretoria high court has assured the family of the late Ipid investigator Mandla Mahlangu, who was shot dead in a suspected hit disguised as an armed robbery in 2020, that the trial will start on May 30.

The accused, Khumbulani Sithole, appeared briefly in court and the case was postponed as his lawyer wanted to consult further with him.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the postponement was also to allow the finalisation of another matter the defence is attending at the Johannesburg high court.

Mahanjana said Sithole faces charges of murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.

According to the police, a group of men arrived at a plot where Mahlangu was at about 3.30am. They held Mahlangu and a worker at gunpoint.

The suspects shot Mahlangu and fled, taking with them his white Nissan Hardbody NP300 bakkie and some household items.

Before his death, Mahlangu was part of the team investigating high-profile cases against several police officers, including the one involving suspended acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

He was due to testify in an internal crime intelligence inquiry into an alleged jobs-for-favours scheme within the police service.

According to media reports, a hitman alleged that the assassination of the police watchdog investigator was ordered and paid for by police.

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