Posts by Fortunate Machaba

I'm a young journalist, a blogger from Mamelodi happenings. Journalism is my calling and I'm very passionate about talking to people, taking photos, writing and covering stories. Mamelodi Happenings is about stories that are happening in Mamelodi. It could be crime, violence, politics, entertainment, fashion, advertorial, education, environmental, health, opinion and motivation articles. Also to let the public know about what is happening around them or in Mamelodi.

Pretoria Magistrate Court Violates “Khekhe” Rights

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela is currently waiting on judgement after he abandoned bail – Lawyer convinced High Court his arrest was violating his rights.

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela’s lawyer arrived at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria on Friday after he convinced the high court that Mathibela’s arrest was violating his human rights. In the mean time Vusi is waiting on Judgement of his arrest after he abandoned bail. Mathibela’s co-accused had been given R25000 bail each for being involved in allegedly intimidating Mamelodi business people including taxi operators who were forced to pay protection fee. Annelise van den Heever, who was representing Vusi in court said that he could have obtained his bail if he chose to. However, he chose to challenge his arrest as he believes that his arrest was unlawful. She raised a fact that Vusi’s arrest did not have a warrant of arrest or an affidavit required by law. She also mentioned that her client was taken to Mamelodi by police and added that his house was searched illegally but when he tried to bring the matter of his arrest to the attention of the magistrate’s court, he was told to take his complaint to a civil rights court.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba

Khekhe On Bail After Declaring Unlawful Arrest To High Court

Vusi ‘Khekhe’ Mathibela was granted bail after immediate application declaring his arrest was unlawful.

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela and his co-accused, Elias Skhosana and Stemer Monageng’s Attorney yesterday said the charges laid against them must be dropped as what they were accused of was declared inconsistent.  They appeared in Pretoria Magistrate Court on Friday, 22 March for an ongoing bail hearing and his application was accepted by the court. They are accused of extorting money and intimidating businesses and taxi owners in Mamelodi.  According to the charge sheet, read by the state prosecutor earlier this week, the three of them are facing schedule five charges as the amount they allegedly extorted was just over R600 000. On the other hand, the investigation officer, testified on the same day that the accused actually demanded millions in exchange to protect the development of Denneboom Mall in Mamelodi West.

“I’d say millions. They were demanding R2 million a month for protecting the project. They also wanted another 30% [of the contract] which we haven’t calculated yet”, said the investigative officer, Vongani Shihangule.

He added that witnesses have also accused Monageng of getting contracts for his security company through intimidation. It is suspected that more money than the allocated amount will be lost on the project due to such circumstances. More people are expected to come forth with evidence against the other suspect, Skhosana. He was urged not to go anywhere near malls or people at the moment until further notice. Officer Shihangule opposed bail of the two accused, stating that witnesses still felt intimidated while the extorted deals were still standing. However Mathibela, known as “Number 1 Tsotsi”, had abandoned bail, as an urgent application to regard his arrest unlawful was accepted by the High Court in Pretoria yesterday. According to his defense, his arrest was unlawful as the arrest warrant against him was not presented when he handed himself over. The court was to decide on a date for the urgent application. Mathibela is now on bail.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vusi Khekhe Awaits For Bail

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Photo by IOL 

The alleged No1 Tsotsi Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela will wait until Friday to find out if they grant him a bail at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Elias Skhosana and Stemmer Monageng appeared in court as they were also accused of intimidating and extorting money from Mamelodi business people for so called “protection fee”. They both submitted affidavits stating that the court did not need to keep them in police custody for justice to be served.

Vusi’s counsel has last week announced that he was temporarily abandoning his bail application and instructed his counsel to lodge an urgent high court application to challenge the legality of his arrest.

More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Visi Handed Himself To Police

Vusi Khekhe handed himself over to the police in Germiston on Tuesday night. This happens after the suspect was accused of allegedly been part of a group “terrorising” Mamelodi community. Police had obtained a warrant for Vusi Reginald Mathibela also known as “Vusi Khekhe” following cases of extortion, intimidation and assault claimed against him. 

“The long arm of the law knows no boundaries, and will forever take its course no matter who you are. Residents of Mamelodi have been living in fear for far too long, the authority of the State will be felt and heard in all corners of South Africa” said Cele.

“We shall continue to stay true to our mission as the police to prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community and investigate all crimes and further ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”

Police said three of the suspects, Zwelibanzi Ngubane, Justice Khumalo and Asante Alfred were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. They all appeared in the Alexander Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were released on R2000 bail each and their case was postponed to April for further investigation. Police further revealed that the fourth and fifth suspects, Elias Skosana and Kompi Stemmer Monageng were charged with extortion, intimidation and assault. While the sixth suspect was released pending further investigations on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.

“We are confident that Vusi Reginald “Khekhe” Mathibela has cases to answer to”, said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole.

Khekhe is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon. The date is not yet finalised.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Police Arrested Two Men For Allegedly Intimidating Mamelodi Residents

Police arrested two men for allegedly extorting and intimidating Mamelodi residents including business people appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday. This happens after Minister Bheki Cele and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane recently launched a specialised unit of officers in Mamelodi, following complaints of extortion and intimidation. The two suspects are believed to be working for Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Elias Skhosana, 41, and Stemer Monageng, 51, appeared in connection with their alleged involvement in the extortion and intimidation. Four other suspects whom also suspected to be involved in the same case, appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court for alleged possession of illegal firearms. police said they will check if this firearms are not linked to any crime. Bheki Cele, announced on Saturday morning at the funeral service of slain Matwetwe actor Sibusiso Khwinana that the police had arrested the suspects on Friday. on his statement, he said that no taxi boss would be allowed to walk around with heavily armed security guards in the township. Although, Mathibela and Skhosana have always denied being involved in extortion and intimidation of Mamelodi business people. Skhosana and Monageng are expected to appear in court on Friday for bail applications.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Bheki Cele – Give Me 3 Weeks To Deal With No1 Mamelodi Criminal

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Photo: Pretoria News 

Minister of Police, Bheki Cele declared that he need 3 weeks to deal with Mamelodi’s Number 1 Tsotsi. This happens after Minister Cele and General Leutenant Mawela engaged with the community of Mamelodi East on issues of safety and security yesterday at International Assemblies of God Church.

“It’s time we show him who the real boss is. We are not going to be ruled by gangsters here. If needs be we will die in Mamelodi,” said Cele.

The Minister said they would establish a permanent special police unit in Mamelodi if needed to deal with the alleged criminal. The unit is expected to start an operation in Mamelodi. “His senders must go tell him that I said so. We are not going to be run by a thug. We want no blood, but if needs be, then let it,” said Cele.

The alleged criminal is said to be terrorising the community. one of the resident raised an issue that he is extorting businesses in the community, monopolizing drugs sales, ruling taxis owners and collecting R 200 form them. It was also claimed that shop owners pay between R250 and R600 a month for “protecting fee”.

Mr Cele issued an instruction to the police saying that they should make sure the allegedly criminal doesn’t die. Most of the residents who were there to speak for themselves fear that they were digging their own graves. Rumor in Mamelodi says anyone speaking about or against him will normally be taken care of violently by the allegedly criminal gang or people who work for him. Premier David Makhura also promised to deal with the man a week ago.

By: Fortunate Machaba