The Pretoria High Court has assured the family of the late Ipid investigator Mandla Mahlangu, who was shot dead in an alleged attack disguised as an armed robbery in 2020, that the trial will begin on May 30.
The defendant, Khumbulani Sithole, appeared briefly in court and the case was postponed as his lawyer wished to have further consultation with him.
National Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Lumka Mahanjana said the postponement should also allow for the conclusion of another matter the defense is considering in the Johannesburg High Court.
Mahanjana said Sithole faces charges of murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.
< p>According to the police, a A group of men arrived at a property where Mahlangu was staying at around 3:30 am. They held Mahlangu and a worker at gunpoint.
The suspects shot Mahlangu and fled, taking his white Nissan Hardbody NP300 Bakkie and some household items.< // p>
Before his death, Mahlangu was part of the team investigating high-profile cases against several police officers, including the one involving suspended Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
He was supposed to be in a Internal Criminal Intelligence Service investigation into an alleged job-for-favor scheme within the police service.
According to media reports, a hitman claimed that the assassination of the police station investigator was ordered and paid for by the police.
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