investigating officer in the murder case of businessman Wandile Bozwana has
denied handing over a passport, belonging to one of the accused, taxi boss Vusi
"Khekhe" Mathibela, so that he could travel abroad.
High Court in Pretoria is hearing an application by the State to have
Mathibela’s bail rescinded and the R50 000 bail amount forfeited, accusing him
of violating his bail conditions.
alleged bail violations, Mathibela is said to have not handed over his passport
and title deed to his property as per the bail stipulations.
was granted bail in January 2017.
Mathibela’s advocate, Annelene van den Heever argued that her client handed
over his passport and title deed to Captain Siphiwe Xulu following the bail
Heever argued that Xulu allowed Mathibela to travel to Mauritius in 2018 and
handed the taxi boss his passport, which was returned when Mathibela arrived
back in South Africa.
was re-arrested in March, while preparing to go on holiday to Dubai. His arrest
was not linked to Bozwana's murder, but to a string of different allegations.
cross-examination, Xulu denied that he was ever given Mathibela’s passport and
title deed, saying that he checked his diary, and there was no entries of ever
receiving the two documents.
the important documents I receive, I sign for it [in the diary] and make the
person who is handing it over sign as well,” Xulu told the court.
Heever told the court that Xulu had the title deed when he confirmed Mathibela’s
address and that the court transcript of the bail application reflected that
the title deed was handed over.
that Xulu would have not learned about the description of the property without
the title deed.
“As I have
already indicated, he never gave me the title deed,” Xulu told the court.
legal team then produced the gate records of the complex he lives at, showing
that Xulu visited him three times in 2018.
reflecting on his diary, Xulu noted that on the first visit on January 6 at
20:10 where he is recorded as going through the complex entrance to visit
Mathibela, his diary only notes that he was doing an investigation.
second visit on February 3 at 15:32, there was no entry in the diary and for
the third visit on December 21 at 10:19, the diary reflected that he travelled
to Johannesburg, Roodepoort and Midrand.
conceded that he had indeed visited the complex, but said it was a big estate
and he may have gone there, but not to visit Mathibela.
the gate records showed that he specifically went to visit Mathibela, even
punching in his house number at the entrance to gain access to the complex.
admitting that he had no reason to visit Mathibela, Xulu kept saying “I cannot
recall,” or “I don’t remember” when asked why he went to visit the accused.
was subpoenaed to appear in court, was then excused, but told that he may be
called back for further cross examination.
is one of four men facing trial for Bozwana's murder. The North West construction and property
mogul was killed in a suspected hit in 2016.
in March was related to allegations of intimidation and extortion, terrorising
taxi drivers, businesses and spaza shop owners in Mamelodi.
application to have his bail revoked in the Bozwana matter has been postponed
to Friday, May 17.