May 18, 2021

SAMWU Welcomes Arrest Of Brothers For Limpopo Murder Cases

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The union’s provincial secretary, Patrick Aphane, has welcomed the arrests of the suspects.

FILE PHOTO: South African Police Services vehicle. PICTURE: eNCA

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THOHOYANDOU: The Radzuma’s brothers Simon Radzuma (26) and Percy Radzuma (33) have appeared before the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the January 2019 murder cases of two South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members.

The Radzuma’s brothers Simon Radzuma (26) and Percy Radzuma (33), have appeared before the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. However, were remanded in custody until April 30 for their formal bail application after being charged with murder.

The two Samwu members, Mr Ronald Mani (50) and Mr Timpson Musetsho (50), were both killed early in 2019.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said, ‘‘Musetsho was shot while parking his motor vehicle in the garage at his home in Makwarela, Thohoyandou, in January 2019. He was taken to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. Six days later, Mani was shot dead at Singo bottle store in Itsani, also in January.”

Mr Mojapelo said after lengthy but sterling investigations, Tzaneen tracking team at Rwanda village has initially arrested them on 19 March 2021, for the possession of firearms and ammunition.

Additionally, the pair were also found to be positively linked to several other cases.

It is believed that, the two union members were very outspoken against municipalities in the Vhembe District that had invested millions of rands of public funds in the now-liquidated VBS Mutual Bank, that saw politicians and municipal officials being arrested.

Mani was the deputy provincial secretary of Samwu in Limpopo while Timson Musetsho was a former Limpopo provincial Samwu chairperson.

The union’s provincial secretary, Patrick Aphane, has welcomed the arrests of the suspects.

“We will continue to mobilise in remembrance of the two comrades Musetsho and all other comrades who lost their lives for speaking out against corruption, particularly the VBS illegal investment of municipal finances,’’ Aphane said.

“We still demand that all municipal leaders and officials that participated in this VBS daylight heist of magnanimous proportions be hounded out and arrested,’’ he added.

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