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

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