Drug link probed in cop killing

MBOMBELA – Police have not ruled out that the man accused of murdering his policewoman friend was involved in drugs. Mr Moses Sibiya (36) allegedly also sold  her car after kidnapping and beating
Sgt Sthembile Mdluli’s (37) to death over the weekend.

Sgt Sthembile Mdluli (37)

Mdluli’s body was found on Wednesday, the same day Capt Bheki Simelane was gunned down near his home in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal police were still looking for his killer at the time of going to press, but Mpumalanga SAPS believe they have Mdluli’s murderer in custody.

Where police discovered her body.

Sibiya was to appear in Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today. Family reported Mdluli missing to KaNyamazane Police Station over the weekend. She had been absent since Saturday. She was attached to the White River Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit. Mdluli’s body was discovered in Rosehaugh near Sabie.

Police spokesman, Brig Leonard Hlathi said their investigation led to Mdluli’s male friend, Sibiya, who apparently “after intense questioning”, took them to the body.
Sibiya allegedly drugged her in KaBokweni, kidnapped her and beat her to death with a blunt object in the nearby bush.
“We do not know what object was used during the assault,” said Hlathi.

The area near Rosehaugh where police discovered the body of Sgt Sthembile Mdluli .

He then drove to Rosehaugh where he dumped her body in a plantation. Hlathi said Sibiya led police to the place where her body was discovered.
At the same time J&M Security received a call from community members who had discovered her body.

J&M manager, Mr Shaun Terblanche said their officers arrived at the scene and “moments later the police arrived with the suspect”. A source close to the investigation said police recovered Mdluli’s VW Polo after Sibiya allegedly sold it to someone in Ngodini. Hlathi would not confirm or deny that that they were investigating whether Sibiya was possibly linked to drugs. “We don’t investigate just one crime, but everything a peson may have been involved in.”

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union condemned the killings, citing concern that at least five police officers had been killed this month. “We have seen the battle for the soul of the security industry in the past two years, where over 80 police officers lost their lives while on duty,” spokesman Mr Richard Mamabolo said in a statement.

• Another man appeared in court on charges of murdering his mother this week. According to community members, the 37-year-old accused his mother of performing witchcraft shortly before stabbing her with a pair of scissors. Police said she was declared dead on the scene by paramedics. He was denied bail and is due to reappear in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Read more here: Trial of men accused of revenge murder of police officer in court

Tereasa Dias

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