General, Bheki Cele

National Commissioner


Private Bag X94




Sent via fax : 012 393 1530


Dear General Cele


Re  :    Unresolved high profile murders in Mpumalanga 


I wish to state my full appreciation and support for the measures you have taken to send a team of special detectives to investigate all unresolved high profile murders in our province.  It is true that our province has an image of the lawless “wild west” and is the weakest when it comes to policing.


In line with our discussions last year I remain committed and ready to assist in every possible way the work of the police in Mpumalanga.


As discussed, telephonically yesterday, I wish to add two names to the list of cases that I believe need special attention and must be part of the work of this detachment you are sending to Mpumalanga.



1.                  Wilson Mbambo: 

He was waylaid in his house by a group of unknown men, who abducted him and his wife at night on the 11th August 2010 at Matsawane Village (Bushbuckridge).  He was shot and died in hospital.  His wife escaped unhurt.  There is a sense that robbery was not a motive. 


He was Regional Chairperson (Enhlazeni) of my party – African People’s Convention (APC).   He was a very vocal community activist on many fronts.  According to the Mhala Station Commissioner, Colonel Novela a cellphone was found at the murder scene which did not belong to either the deceased or his wife.   It was supposed to be taken for analysis but so far  all kind of rumours are flying around that it has been lost or disappeared.  The community is still highly agitated and aggrieved by this highly suspicious case.





2.                  Jeanet Mabuza (better known as Mrs Mabaso)

The deceased was also a high profile community activist at Saselani Village (Bushbuckridge) and a branch Chairperson of the APC.  She was shot dead at her home, in front of her children when they were attacked by two men on the evening of the 12th December 2010.  the murderers did not utter a work or take anything after shooting her. 


It is my concern that the killing of these APC Comrades be speedily resolved so that the law can take its cause against the perpetrators.  The culture of impunity and the alleged corruption that feeds it must come to an end.    The security of persons and property is a right of every South African, including those in Mpumalanga.



Thanking you in anticipation.


Yours sincerely                                                                                                                      

Comrade Themba Godi                                                                         

President, APC


26 January 2011

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