Heated exchange at Maswanganyi case

Tirhani Maswanganyi’s half-naked body was found bound and dumped in a field outside Pretoria.

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

JOHANNESBURG - There has been a heated exchange at Johannesburg central police station cluster commander Tirhani Maswanganyi's murder case in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Four men arrested in connection with the murder are applying for bail.

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

It emerged on Thursday there is an alleged plot to assassinate senior detectives assigned to the case.

Magistrate Ilne Stander and the prosecutor simultaneously interrupted Advocate Johan Engelbrecht when he lashed out at investigating officer Abednego Shibiri, telling him not to lecture him on legal terminology.

Engelbrecht had accused Shibiri of submitting hearsay evidence.

He responded by explaining the meaning of the term.

Engelbrecht then apologised to the court for losing his temper.

Shibiri later conceded he did not have any evidence that proved suspect Isaac Vele was in possession of any of Maswanganyi's stolen possessions.

The advocate accused the state of opposing bail on the expectation that it will uncover evidence implicating the accused.

Engelbrecht submitted that his client is not a flight risk and does not have the means to flee the country.