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MANZINI - Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) officers found muti on the suspects arrested for the robberies of parliamentarians Jan Sithole and Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa. Sithole is the Member of Parliament for Manzini North, while Mthethwa is a Senator and also the Football Association (FA) President.

The officers from the Serious Crimes Unit (Lukhozi) and Criminal Investigations Department (CID) found the muti after they had arrested the four suspects on Friday and Saturday.

Reliable sources confirmed that the muti was found tied in a cloth on the suspect’s waists and hands after they had allegedly consulted a traditional healer from around Manzini.
A highly-placed source within the home of the traditional healer (inyanga) revealed that the suspects arrived before their arrests and requested muti that would prevent the police from coming near them. “The traditional healer chased them and told them that the police were around and they would be arrested soon. They immediately left our home and went to another one, who is alleged to have given them the muti they were found with when they were arrested by the police,” the source who preferred anonymity, said.

It could not  be established where the other traditional healer is based, the suspects were, however, arrested a few hours after they had been given the muti.
Information gathered is that the police, upon discovering the muti, put it inside the belongings of one of the suspects.

The bag with the muti is currently kept at the Matsapha Police Station. It could not be ascertained if the muti would be presented as part of the exhibits for the cases or not.
The suspects are Zolile Thembisa Motsa (22) of Ngwane Park, Xolani ‘Bababa’ Dlamini (27) of Ngwane Park, Mozambican national Sifiso ‘Augusto’ Mandlazi (23) of KaKhoza and Bheki ‘Manqoba’ Masuku (27) of Dvokolwako.

They are expected back in court tomorrow pending the completion of investigations and gathering of most of the exhibits which are reportedly kept in Maputo, Mozambique.
The suspects who are facing 14 counts which include armed robbery, housebreaking and theft, contravening the Arms and Ammunitions Act and theft of a motor vehicle among others are alleged to have stolen items valued at E279 250.

The items include Smart phones, a vehicle, several laptops, car keys, riding gear, ATM cards, clothing items, perfumes, digital cameras, gold jewellery, identity cards, passports and cash.
The Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) PRO, Superintendent Wendy Hleta confirmed that the police found muti tied on the said armed robbery suspects. Superintendent Hleta further warned the public not to rely on something that did not go with good ethics.

“The law does not go hand in hand with muti nor does it believe in it. I must say that such things have opened our eyes as we also have to strengthen our investigations, especially by going to these traditional healers’ places to sift criminal elements and how they operate,” Superintendent Hleta said.

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