Top cop murder accused a ‘police informant’

The four suspects in Tirhani Maswanganyi’s murder case are applying for bail in a Pretoria court.

Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, whose body was found in a field near Wallmansthal. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA - One of the four men accused of murdering Johannesburg Central Police Cluster Commander Tirhani Maswanganyi claims he is a police informer.

The four accused are applying for bail in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court.

The major general's half-naked body was found bound and dumped in a field outside Pretoria in June.

Roger Moseki told the court he often provides the police with information about criminals and is even paid for his services.

He says his handler, identified as Willem van der Merwe, visited him in jail after his arrest where they discussed money owed to him for information.

The prosecutor asked how a soldier in the defence force would be in the position to help the police.

Moseki says, because he works in military intelligence, he often comes across crime-related information.

The state says it will dispute his claims.

Moseki stands accused alongside Isaac Vele, Tshepo Mosai and Daniel Nefolovhodwe, also members of the South African National Defence Force.