Protect investigators and witnesses in Thabo Bester escape saga, says ActionSA after death of cop leading probe

The scene of the shooting Picture: Supplied/Twitter

The scene of the shooting Picture: Supplied/Twitter

Published Jun 6, 2023


ActionSA has urged the State to protect other investigators and witnesses involved in the Thabo Bester prison escape matter, following the untimely death of the lead investigator on Monday.

Questions have been raised about the timing of the death of a senior officer, who died by suicide after allegedly shooting himself.

ActionSA is now urging the State to protect other investigators and witnesses involved in the matter.

On Monday, IOL reported that Free State Head of Organised Crime Brigadier Jackson Mkhaulesi shot himself in Bloemfontein.

This took place after the Free State high court turned down Dr Nandipha Magudumana’s bid to have her arrest and deportation to South Africa declared unlawful. The court dismissed her application as she consented to return to South Africa.

SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said the circumstances surrounding the senior officer’s death remained the subject of a police investigation.

“In-house employee health and wellness experts, which include chaplains, have been dispatched to provide psychosocial services to the family and colleagues of the deceased member,” Mathe said.

“This matter cannot be taken lightly, it needs to be treated with the urgency it deserves. If, indeed, foul play is detected, the state has a duty to ensure that other investigators and witnesses do not fall prey to the same fate as this officer,” said ActionSA’s Patricia Kopane.

She said with every waking day, criminals seem to be conducting their criminal affairs without remorse or punishment and we hope that the death of this officer isn’t Thabo Bester again trying to thwart and frustrate the case being built against him for which he must answer in due course.

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