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By unknown | Oct 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A police superintendent's damning report has fingered Mpumalanga health MEC Fish Mahlalela and former finance MEC Jacques Modipane as the masterminds behind the arrest of mayor and supporter of ANC president Zuma, Milton Morema.

The report's startling findings are that Mahlalela and Modipane engineered the murder investigation against Morema to tarnish his image because he supported ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The MECs are understood to have supported ousted former president Thabo Mbeki in the run-up to the ANC conference in Polokwane.

Morema, the executive mayor of Bushbuckridge municipality, was arrested on April 10 together with two others, and charged with the murder of Jeffrey Sedibe.

The matter was thrown out of court after a magistrate concluded that the case had been brought as a result of political influence.

The police officer who wrote the explosive report is attached to the national inspectorate of the SAPS in Limpopo.

He said on September last year, while he was the commander of crime intelligence gathering in Mpumalanga, he was approached by one of the members under his command, Inspector Andrew Modipane, the former MEC's brother.

The top secret report said that Modipane had approached him on several occasions saying that his (Modipane's) brother, Jacques, and Mahlalela wanted to see him.

"He told me that they want me to investigate the executive mayor of Bushbuckridge, Milton Morema, because they say he was involved in murder."

He said he told Modipane that he thought it was inappropriate to take instructions from politicians when there was protocol to follow.

The policeman said he started investigating why Mahlalela and Modipane (the politician) were interested in the Morema matter.

"I found that the main issue here was that the mayor and the ANC in Ehlanzeni district are supporting Jacob Zuma for the ANC presidency while the two favoured president Thabo Mbeki.

"So the idea was to damage Milton Morema's reputation before the December 2007 ANC conference in Polokwane as he is a very influential person," the police officer said in the report.

The officer has also implicated more than 10 colleagues in the report in connection with the plot.


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