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22 Mar 2018
2:45 pm

Eastern Cape family accuses Hawks of ‘blocking’ Bazooka murder probe

The family together with ACC lawyers have already sent a letter to NPA head Shaun Abrahams asking him to 'take charge'.

The family together with ACC lawyers have already sent a letter to NPA head Shaun Abrahams asking him to “take charge”.

They jointly allege that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in Eastern Cape have for two years “blocked” any investigations into Bazooka’s murder.

ACC spokesperson Nonhle Mbuthuma said Bazooka was shot dead outside his house in Lurholweni Township in Mbizana, Eastern Cape. The murder occurred in March 2016.

“The assailants came in a hijacked car with two tourists inside, one in the boot and one in the back seat, saying they were police officers. Radebe did not believe them. He always advised us: ‘Never let them take you. They must shoot you where you stand’. Following his own advice, he refused to be kidnapped,” said Mbuthuma.

Bazooka was shot several times after putting up a fierce fight. The assailants were trying to push him into the VW Polo, which was later found abandoned south of Shelley Beach with the two tourists still inside.

Mbuthuma claimed that when the Hawks took over the investigation, they tried to stop forensic specialists – appointed by the Radebe family – from participating in the autopsy at the morgue in Bizana.

“When the family’s ballistic expert and lawyers came on March 30 to the Port Shepstone garage of SAPS [SA Police Service], they found that the hijacked car had been turned back to the family less than 48 hours after the murder and no longer available for forensic investigation,” said Mbuthuma.

Mbuthuma said the Radebe family and the ACC leaders decided to hire a private investigator.

Asked to comment on the matter NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali on Thursday said “we haven’t received any formal request” to intervene, besides “we do not investigate crime … the Hawks should investigate this matter”.

Hawks spokeperson, Anelisa Feni, said the directorate for priority crime could not immediately comment on the matter, but would do so later.

– African News Agency (ANA)

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1052700/hawks-probe-anti-mining-activists-murder/