Top cop accused ‘sought sangoma’s help’

A man accused of killing Tirhani Maswanganyi allegedly asked a traditional healer for help.

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

PRETORIA - It's emerged that a traditional healer might prove central in the case against one of the men accused of murdering Johannesburg Central Police Cluster Commander Tirhani Maswanganyi earlier this year.

Major General Maswanganyi's half-naked body was found dumped in a field outside Pretoria in June.

Four men applied for bail in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Friday where it emerged that accused number two, Corporel Daniel Nefolovhodwe, sought intervention from a sangoma.

Investigating Officer Abednego Shibiri says police have obtained a statement from the traditional healer saying Nefolovhodwe pleaded with him to help make the case go away.

The colonel says cellphone data confirms calls were made from Nefolovhodwe's phone to the healer prior to his arrest on 25 June.

Shibiri says it was just a day earlier that police had arrested his co-accused Isaac Vele.

Nefolovhodwe's lawyer dismissed the allegation, saying evidence should have been presented in court before.

The detective says the information is still being transcribed.

The matter has been postponed to next month.