I warned the police - Hunter
MBABANE – Private Investigator Hunter, Shongwe, claims he had prior knowledge of the heist at the Riverstone Mall and warned the police.
He alleges he reported the crime before it happened to the police’s serious crimes unit, Lukhozi, last week Wednesday but unfortunately, he says, he was not taken seriously.
Shongwe said he knew from last week Tuesday that something sinister was being planned by five men, two of whom he knew from Manzini and alleged were, indeed, notorious men.
The heist in question occurred on Monday and resulted in the death of a security guard, William Tsabedze, who was shot by the robbers.
They made away with an estimated E1 million.
"Last week Tuesday (June 26) I happened to be in Mbabane on Gwamile Street at about 8pm. Being the law person that I am, my attention was taken by a parked, dark coloured VW Golf which had no registration plates or tax disc on the windshield. I went to the car to enquire about why it didn’t have these things," said Shongwe.
He said the driver rolled down his window and, at that moment, he recognised two faces. Shongwe found the men to be rude and said they tried to dismiss him right away. The investigator declined to budge and threatened to alert the police about their car.
"I could sense that these guys were up to no good, especially because I had seen the two familiar faces I normally associated with crime in Manzini. I had a gun in my hand when I spoke to them. Because of the attention our meeting was gathering, they then sped away," explained Shongwe.
The following morning, the Ezulwini-based investigator alleged he drove to the Mbabane Police Station to report his encounter to the Lukhozi.
Assistant Superintendent Stephen Dlamini, Deputy Police PRO, disavowed Shongwe’s allegation that he reported the matter last week Wednesday.
"Hunter went to the Lukhozi after the crime was committed, not before," said the PRO.
However, in response to this, Shongwe said it was surprising that the police had turned around. He said he never went to the police station after the crime had occurred.
"I’m standing by what I’ve said earlier; that I warned the police days before the crime was committed. I know some of the culprits responsible. This is the information I told Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula on Tuesday night (this week)," he alleged.
No one trusts and believes the police now after the misleading information on Scarface's shooting. Hunter might have reported earlier but since they (police) did not act on the tick, they will definately speak in tongues as they do now. Thank you ngiyabonga.
Jul 6, 2012, 5:54 AM, Khotsumncwembe (email@example.com)
King Sobhuza 11 said in his wise speeches people must learn to listen to any one,a fool can help you one day.I take the blame of that innocent soul to Mr Magagula who doesn't take sensitive issues seriously.Now its time police have to rope in Hunter the guy is good.
Jul 6, 2012, 5:54 AM, mcebo ndlovu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think Hunter deserves a mental check up. About a month ago he was advertising a gadget on channel s saying it enables cattle 2 send sms's. He is strange and an attention seeker. If a plain clothed man was to ask me why my car does not have plates i wud swear at him. He is not a police officer let him go sell cellphones to cattle.
Jul 6, 2012, 5:54 AM, samuel (email@example.com)
This lady has never admitted anything in her entire career as police PRO. Our police are never serious & their tendency of kuphika is very disgusting. Madam PRO you need to be professional, regardless of the fact that you are working for the security. You are a disgrace to the communication profession.
Jul 6, 2012, 12:10 PM, Ravi
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