A former police captain has denied giving notorious Mamelodi taxi boss Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela his passport to travel out of the country, thus violating his bail conditions.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria issued a subpoena for Siphiwe Xulu who gave Mathibela his passport to travel out of the country ending up violating his bail conditions in the murder case of businessman Wandile Bozwana.
At the time of his death in 2015, Bozwana was embroiled in legal wrangles with the North West province regarding the allocation of tenders.
Bozwana, a prominent businessman, was also the chairperson of the North West Business Forum.
Mathibela was arrested on a separate matter on March 13 on charges of extortion, intimidation and assault. He subsequently appeared in the lower court and is still in custody.
The State said that Mathibela was arrested while preparing to go on a holiday to Dubai despite his bail conditions preventing him from leaving the country.
On Wednesday while on the stand, Xulu denied receiving the passport and the title deed.
“For every document I receive of important information, I sign for it…and the person handing over also signs for it. I checked my 2017 diary and there is nowhere I or respondent had signed,” Xulu said.
Xulu was initially part of the police’s investigating team into the murder of Bozwana. He said he was not aware of who was tasked with collecting Mathibela’s passport.
Xulu said they were eight investigating officers on the matter and he was removed from the case, along with others.
Mathibela’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever argued that Mathibela had complied with his bail conditions, including handing over his passport and a title deed to his property.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.