Burnt car owner arrested Sipho Jele
MANZINI - The police officer who had his vehicle burnt in a fire at the Manzini Police Station on Thursday night is the same one who arrested the late Sipho Jele in 2010.
This could perhaps substantiate the claims by the Police Commissioner, Isaac Magagula, that the mysterious fire that broke out at the Manzini police station was politically motivated.
Unknown footprints were found at the scene where the vehicle, a Totota bakkie and other items, including exhibits, were burnt. The fire caused damage amounting to over E500 000 including Superintendent Methula’s car which is valued at E150 000.
However, there is no suggestion that Methula was targeted
This publication exclusively gathered that Superintendent Methula allegedly spent close to four hours in the same office with the late political activist.
Methula together with Jele were going over a pile of seditious documents allegedly found at Jele’s homestead at the Manzini Police Station where he had been detained.
Methula attested to have confronted and arrested Jele for allegedly wearing a PUDEMO T-shirt on May Day near the Caritas Centre in Manzini.
ã€€It is alleged that Jele was taken that same day to the Manzini Regional Police Headquarters for questioning before being taken to Ncabaneni where the seditious documents were found.
"I put the seditious documents aside and told Jele that he would be charged with terrorism as well as face further charges related to sedition. I then took the documents with me to the Director of Public Prosecutions to prepare charges," Methula said during his submissions in court.
He also admitted to have spent about three to four hours looking at the documents with the suspect and confirmed it was a Sunday when he looked at the documents.
Methula, when called by this reporter for comment on the fire and his vehicle, refused to entertain questions.
The Royal Swaziland Police, PRO, Superintendent Wendy Hleta, also said Methula would not be in a position to comment on the issue and it was private and sensitive.
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