Cop owns up to murder of Swazi doc and rape

CONFESSION: Dumisane Mvhelase Maduna, 31, is led away by the police special task force members from Pretoria after they charged him with the murder of a doctor and the rape of his companion. PHOTO: 17/11/2008. © Sowetan. Pic. Riot Hlatshwayo
CONFESSION: Dumisane Mvhelase Maduna, 31, is led away by the police special task force members from Pretoria after they charged him with the murder of a doctor and the rape of his companion. PHOTO: 17/11/2008. © Sowetan. Pic. Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The police reservist accused of killing a medical doctor who was deputy president of Swaziland's only opposition party has confessed to a crime spree involving attempted murder and rape.

Dumisane Mvhelase Maduna, 31, appeared briefly before the packed KaBokweni magistrate's court yesterday on charges of murder and rape. He was remanded until his next court appearance on December 5, when he is expected to apply for bail.

Spokesman for the Mpumalanga organised crime unit, Captain Leonard Hlathi, said Maduna had confessed before a magistrate and detectives about his involvement in the murder of the doctor, Gabriel Thandokuhle Mkhumane, and the rape of his companion.

"He also confessed that he [had] used his state-issued firearm to shoot at his mother-in-law."

Maduna allegedly found Mkhumane, deputy president of Swaziland's People's United Democratic Movement (Pudemo), sitting in his car with the young woman at 2am on March 5 in KaNyamazane. He drew his gun and demanded cash.

He locked the doctor inside the boot before repeatedly raping the 18-year-old woman inside the car.

Maduna later hauled Mkhumane out the boot and instructed him to lie down on the ground next to the woman, then asked them who wanted to die first. He shot Mkhumane twice in the head.

Maduna then drove with the teenager to a petrol station where he tried to withdraw cash using Mkhumane's bank cards, but the doctor had given him false Pin numbers. The woman escaped while he was at the ATM.

Maduna also faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot at Solomon Msimango and his wife Phumzile on April 1. He is also charged with firing six shots at his mother-in-law, which all missed.

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