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2023/11/02      |  Written By:  Captain D Sekgotodi   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

MPUMALANGA- Zanele Mkhonto (28), a police murderer was remanded in custody by the Mbombela High Court on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 for a guilty plea. This followed the investigation in the murder of a police officer, the late Sgt Mandlenkosi Happy Thwala aged (45) during the night of Tuesday, 2 August 2022 in Gedlembane, in Pienaar.

The matter was investigated by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Nelspruit.

During the investigation, Mkhonto, the girlfriend of the late Thwala was linked to the murder, arrested and charged on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. She appeared at Kanyamazane Magistrates’ Court on the same day and was remanded in custody. The accused received the services of Legal Aid and battled in court on several occasions to obtain bail. She was denied bail and remained in custody since.  

The case was postponed to Thursday, 2 November 2023 for a guilty plea.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Gerber, applauded the investigating officer and the prosecution authorities for their collaboration during the investigation of this case. He further encourages the public to keep on providing information to the police regarding criminal activities which are happening in their area and indicated that all information received will be treated with confidentiality.