Controversial Eastern Cape businessman Major Mfesane Bhekizulu has denied allegations that he is behind the murder of his girlfriend, Singwa Namhla Mtwa.
Mtwa, a 35-year-old OR Tambo municipal employee, was shot nine times on 21 April while she was in her car, after arriving at her Sidwadwa home in Mthatha. She had gunshot wounds to her upper body and was declared dead at the scene
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
News24 has learnt that police have shifted their attention to Bhekizulu, her 41-year-old businessman boyfriend, after her family unlocked her cellphone and discovered disturbing messages, purportedly sent by him.
Members of the public have taken to social media and have vowed to deal with the man themselves.
Speaking to News24 on Sunday, Bhekizulu pleaded with residents to allow the police to do their job, adding that he was not the person residents should look for.
“I have done nothing wrong. I am innocent and would like the public to allow the law to run its course because the residents are now jeopardising the case by going after me, as this might ruin chances of getting the real perpetrator.
He refused to answer follow-up questions and said he was busy before he ended the call.”
In September 2018, Bhekizulu was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his employee Mxolisi Mthunjwa, and seriously injuring another, Thmebela Somana, on 11 August.
The Ngqeleni Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Mthatha, granted the businessman R50 000 bail on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali was not able to confirm the status of the court case at the time of writing.
Photos of a badly bruised Mtwa have gone viral.
Screenshots of the string of messages, which he allegedly sent to Mtwa, have also gone viral.
In terms of the screenshots, it is alleged that Mtwa pleaded with him to allow her to rest and recover from the injuries he allegedly inflicted, but he threatened to harm her further. She allegedly explained that she couldn’t drive with her injuries and told him she wanted to see a doctor.
The screenshots also showed a lengthy message, allegedly from Mtwa, apologising for disappointing him.
Her sister Sanga sent more screenshots and photos to Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene, and to the Twitter accounts of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Sanga alleges that the man is Bhekizulu.
Mene announced on Saturday that the police launched a manhunt for the perpetrator.
She also said she appointed a senior manager at brigadier level to oversee the case and added that there was regular engagement between the detectives and family members of the deceased to provide constant feedback.
Here are some of the calls by tweeps: