Cape Town — National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola has confirmed that the senior investigator in the Thabo Bester case died by suspected suicide.
Brigadier Jackson Mkhaulesi was the lead investigator in the case of convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester.
He was reportedly found in his vehicle just hours after he attended the court case of Bester’s accomplice, Dr Nandipha Magudumana.
Initial suspicion was that it could have been an assassination but Masemola confirmed that no foul play was involved.
“At the moment, the preliminary indication is that the is no foul play, but we sent a team there led by General Sibiya, to go and look at all angles, and investigate the matter so that we can acquaint ourselves and be able to tell the public as to exactly what the possible cause of the suicide is. Indeed, we confirmed a suicide,” EWN quoted Masemola as saying.
National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola says no foul play is suspected, for now, in the death of 1 of the investigators in the escape saga.
‘We don’t know why Brigadier Jackson Mkhaulesi took his own life. He applied for early retirement’#sabcnews pic.twitter.com/0b09i1z2Fc
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He also confirmed that there would be more arrests in the Thabo Bester case as there are currently a lot of people involved in the investigation.
“With regard to Thabo Bester, there is no other arrest but we are still investigating the matter and we expect that yes, there will be further arrests in that regard because there’s quite a lot of people involved in that investigation, it is a wide investigation, so we are still busy with that,” he said.
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National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola says @SAPoliceService expects to make more arrests in the Thabo Bester case, since “there’s quite a lot of people that are involved in the #ThaboBester investigation pic.twitter.com/rAipNoDz6n
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