Mayor to finally face murder rap
The murder charges against Bushbuckridge executive mayor Milton Morema and two others have come back to haunt them.
This was after the Mpumalanga police's organised crime unit served them with an indictment to should appear before the Nelspruit circuit of the Pretoria high court from March 16 to 20 for trial.
Morema, Luckios Mosoma and Erasmus Makhubela are accused of killing Jeffrey Sedibe in June 2003 when he is said to have demanded thebalance of his payment for having killed Motion Mashile, a local teacher, as instructed.
The three were served with the indictment in the presence of their lawyer, Mpho Mashiloane, on Monday.
The indictment was served despite recent reports from internal police sources that they had exhausted all "plans" to arrest the three after they successfully managed to interdict the police from arresting them.
"The high court interdict gave alternatives for us to deal with the matter. One such alternative was to follow the indictment route," Mpumalanga organised crime unit commander Superintendent Obed Ngwenya, said yesterday.
It is somehow a matter of coincidence that Morema (a prominent ANC favourite in Mpumalanga) and his co-accused were served with the indictment on the same day that the supreme court of appeal ruled that ANC's president Jacob Zuma must answer his charges in a court of law.
In previous political gatherings in which Morema had usually been the main political celebrity, he had always been hailed as a "Jacob Zuma" of Mpumalanga.
The charges against the three men were initially struck off the roll by senior magistrate George Risimati in May last year, but police were instructed to reinstate them a few months later.
The director of public prosecutions had ordered that the three appear before the Polokwane regional court but the policeman that had been tasked to re-arrest them slipped up and instead secured their court appearance through their lawyer.
Police and journalists waited for the men at the Polokwane court, unaware that they had instead opted to travel to the Pretoria high court for an interdict against the police.
The failure to re-arrest the three men nearly caused the policeman, Senior Superintendent Botsotso Mokoangwe, his job and resulted in his being transferred to a police station.