Legal practitioners representing the family of murdered mining activist Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe have raised alarm, saying the police has not played an active role in bringing justice to the deceased family.
The lawyers further accused the South African Police Service of not providing adequate resources to investigate the murder of Bazooka.
Speaking via a statement, representatives of the deceased family, the Legal Resources Centre and Richard Spoor Attorneys Inc. divulged that transportation challenges have continually pulled back investigators from doing certain duties.
“We do not believe that the SAPS is providing adequate resources to the investigation. They have not had any visible forensic capacity at the processing of the body or at the crime scene‚” the lawyers said.
Also, the lawyers alleged that the Mzamba Police Station had hindered them with regards to having an independent forensic pathologist as part of the post-mortem examination which was a right of the family.
On the other hand, the lawyers accused the Hawks of not showing up after both parties had agreed that the Hawks would conduct a first-hand expert inspection at the crime scene with them.
The lawyers said their hopes were further shattered when the vehicle that was used for the murder was handed down to its owner without appropriate inspection by the Hawks.
So, with all these, the lawyers said they had no choice than to raise alarm, calling for conscientiousness in the murder case.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have refuted the lawyers contentions. According to the Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi while the Hawks only took over the case on March 29‚ it remained unethical for the investigation unit to conduct the investigations in partnership.
“The claim that this investigating team has not been provided with adequate support and resources to do their job is misleading‚” Mulaudzi said.
Mulaudzi said that a multidisciplinary task team comprising members from the Hawks’ Eastern Cape Provincial office‚ Mbizana Hawks‚ and the Mzamba detectives were set up to investigate the case.
“We ask Richard Spoor Attorneys to respect our position by allowing us to do our work by not interfering with this investigation‚” Mulaudzi said.
The investigation body’s spokesperson added that the Hawks sent an investigator to Port Shepstone pound on Wednesday. Port Shepstone Pound was where the three suspects abandoned the white VW Polo automobile they used for transportation.
He added that the investigators would collect intelligence and evidence relating to the vehicle and also locate the owners of the vehicle in order to inspect it.
Well-meaning South Africans expressed shocked following the cruel murder of the mining activist.
Rhadebe, who was the chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and a leading campaigner against the Australian-owned Xolobeni mineral sands mine in South Africa was shot dead in his home on March 22.
Mr Rhadebe, who was dubbed Bazooka was shot 8 times in the head. He died defending his young son, who witnessed the murder.