The Congress of South African Trade Unions is worried about the state of the case of the late Moss Phakoe. The silence of the SAPS and the state on the acquittal in the murder case is making some of us, and the public, to question the credibility of our justice and that of our investigators.
It is now almost three months since the accused were acquitted of the murder of anti-corruption whistle-blower Moss Phakoe, and the state and the police are not saying anything except to confirm, in a letter to his family, that the state will not appeal, due to the serious the short-comings in the state’s case.
What does this mean to the ordinary public on the ground, as we all knew that this case is no longer a matter between the family of Moss and state, but also a matter of public interest?
It is reported that the only reason the accused were acquitted was the change in the statement by the former state witness, who made allegations against the police that he was bribed for lying and that this made the state to acquit the accused without calling the same person to the witness box to be questioned on why he changed his statement. Why is the person not charged for misleading the high court the first time? Why are the police not being investigated on the allegation of bribing the witness?
The late Moss was not killed by a ghost. The SAPS and state know who killed him. The state’s so-called serious lsquoshort-comings’ means that the state is aware why Moss was killed – for exposing corruption in the municipality of Rustenburg.
The report that led to Moss being killed was handed to everybody from the provincial leadership of government to the top leadership. He was killed during the election campaign for the ANC in 2009. Now today no-one is asking about the state of that case and why the accused were acquitted. People are celebrating for killing Moss, for killing one of their own comrades.
The accused people who were acquitted made a public statement that they were going to sue the state and the police. So why are they not doing that? Why are they quiet? Is it because they have been rewarded by being appointed to senior boards, allegedly earning R27 000 for sitting allowances, or appointed as deputy mayors or back into their previous jobs?
We will start our campaign against the SAPS very soon. We have written letters demanding full details on the case, but people are quiet they are not responding because Moss’s blood has made them to be rich.
Both the ministers of police and intelligence and other politicians are very quiet on the matter that has caused such damage to the people of Rustenburg and the rest of the NW. The accused were just acquitted on the basis of the changing of the statement and there is nothing wrong with that? No-one has asked what happened, except those who are worried about the death of Moss.
Corruption remains corruption killing remains killing. In this case the killing of Moss has made both politicians and our state justice officials to be rich and rewarded.
Those who killed Moss know very well that we will pray for them. One day the mighty one will respond to our call. Those who know what happened to the case of Moss are quiet but they will be exposed one day. Those who led to the changing of the statement and those officials who were used to do that will be exposed the day the die. We are now told that everything was done in a police station outside the NW.
We call on our god to expose those who did that for money. We call on the national police commissioner and the NPA to know, and be worried, that when they lose such critical cases, we will not trust them anymore.
We want to them to establish a task team to investigate who killed Moss and what happened to this case. We are very serious about taking the fight to the Rustenburg police station until we know what happened and why the police are not worried about this case in which they are the accused.
We are still in pain. From the start we knew that the SAPS in the NW did not want to take up the case, until we demand that there be a task team. We know that they first told the public in 2009 that the arrest was at an aanced stage, then later told the public that they was no case. They cannot arrest and then sentence people to make the family of Moss happy, then later say there is no case. The ministers and the national commissioner must be worried.
All these things say a lot to the public and we will not trust the investigators. We need the minister to appoint private investigators to investigate the whole mess created by the SAPS and the state.
We will not rest until we know who killed Moss. If there is no case why was the arrest made at the beginning? Why are the state and the police not being worried for their poor performance and poor work?
Arrested and sentenced, then later acquitted on the basis of one statement against the police! Something must be wrong. Something must be investigated. We are not lawyers or judges but we need clarity from the state, as this case has the interest of the public.
The family of the late Moss Phakoe must know what happened. We will not keep quiet. We are still awaiting the response from the two ministers of police and justice to the letters we wrote requesting them to explain and investigate the matter.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions