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By unknown | Jun 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

Mpumalanga police might have to exhume the bodies of two men to reinvestigate their deaths after the docket and autopsy reports went missing.

The investigation into the deaths of Tshepo Dludlu and his friend Gideon Nkosi, who both died under mysterious circumstances six years ago, has been hampered by allegedly shoddy detective work. The case was closed after the police allegedly failed to do a proper job .

In April 2001 Dludlu is believed to have mistakenly shot Nkosi dead before turning the gun on himself. But his mother, Betty Sibiya, is not convinced that her only son committed suicide. She wants answers to the anomalies surrounding his death.

"When I went to the scene, he was lying face-down on top of his firearm, which was in his hand.

"That is a physically impossible position for a person who has shot himself," she said.

Sibiya has written to the provincial police commissioner and the MEC for safety and security about the matter, but has not received replies.

"It was only this week that I received a call from a prosecutor who said the docket was missing and the bodies might have to be exhumed," she said.

Captain Sibongile Mnisi, Matsulu police station branch commander said the case docket had gone missing while the case was still being heard in the Nelspruit regional court.

"We have now opened a duplicate docket and are struggling to acquire the postmortem reports from Avbob after they were misplaced when they were relocating," he said.

Mnisi said that if the autopsy reports were not found the police would be forced to dig up the bodies and conduct the autopsy again.

The police, meanwhile, accused Sibiya of interfering with and threatening witnesses.

"As a result, the witnesses are no longer willing to make statements. One has even relocated because of the threats by the mother," Mnisi said.

Sibiya has denied the accusation and in turn accused the police of "shoddy investigation" of the case.


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