Alleged killer of FS Hawks captain in court

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The alleged killer of the Free State Hawks official, Captain Qeya Jonas Tshabalala (52), will on Wednesday 27 November appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court in the Free State.

Free State Hawks official, Captain Qeya Jonas Tshabalala (30), will know today if the state prosecutor, Johan de Vries, will decide on whether to join all counts he is facing and transfer them to the High Court. He is facing various charges, including murder, robbery, the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, committed in 2018/19.

The murder of Tshabalala is the sixth count of crime the accused is facing in court and in the other five, none are related to the murder of Tshabalala. Some of his co-accused have either been arrested or are still at large. Masiu was arrested in August 2019 after evading arrest in 2018 while in hospital attending to the gunshot wound he sustained during the shoot-out with Captain Tshabalala. Masiu has been a regular feature in crimes around Park Road and Bloemspruit, which include murder, attempted murder, and business robbery, committed with unlicensed firearms.

Masiu and his accomplice, Sprinkaan Maema, who is serving a 33-year jail sentence, is accused of killing Tshabalala in 2018 after they fatally shot him whilst he was attending to a complaint in Phelindaba in Mangaung. He is alleged to have committed another two crimes around Park Road, two at Bloemspruit, one at Kagisanong, and the killing of Tshabalala, which was committed in Phelindaba.

This is the sixth accusation he is facing in the lower courts in the Free State. In his last court appearance – a bail application in October – Magistrate Ryan Ishmail denied the accused bail, citing the lack of exceptional circumstances. He also described Masiu as a possible flight risk, who is likely to evade his trial after it was established that he is in the country illegally. This after the investigating officer, Buyisile Jonas, told the magistrate that the accused evaded arrest more than once by being in hospitals in Bloemfontein and Lesotho.

Jona told the court Masiu was linked to the killing of Tshabalala following a blood trail and that while at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein the accused was whisked away to Lesotho by Sprinkaan Maema – who is serving a 33-year jail sentence. Jona testified that Masiu has a warrant of arrest issued against him in a previous pending matter. Masiu, who pleaded not guilty to the murder of Captian Tshabalala, asked for forgiveness.

OFM News/LUCKY NKUYANE