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Policeman found guilty

“It is clear to me that Eric Ndlovu was protected by you,” said Magistrate Neels de la Rey when he sentenced policeman Benjamin Marumo (53) to three years in jail for obstruction of justice.

A devastated WO Marumo, with 27 years of service and who is the father of four children, held his head in his hands after he was found guilty.

Marumo was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice after the control prosecutor in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate’s Court, Annamarie del Pasio, was dissatisfied with the way in which Marumo testified during the bail application of the notorious and feared syndicate boss Eric Ndlovu.

Ndlovu is being charged with premeditated murder after he allegedly murdered one of his accomplices in the Odendaalsrus graveyard.

Marumo was found guilty after he lied under oath and said that Ndlovu, a convicted criminal, does not have a criminal record.

He also testified during Ndlovu’s bail application that the state’s case against Ndlovu was weak and relied on circumstantial evidence.

De la Rey said in his verdict that Marumo knew this was not the truth because the police had a statement from a witness to the murder.

Marumo also told the prosecutor, Elizabeth Andrews, that the police would not have a problem if Ndlovu was released on bail. Marumo then told the investigating officer in the murder investigation that Andrews did not have a problem if Ndlovu was granted bail.

Ndlovu, also known as David One Eye, Eric Dumisani and David Kumbi, is a Mozambican national with falsified South African documents.

He has been declared an undesirable person in South Africa.

De la Rey said the state’s witnesses were credible and never contradicted one another.

Ernie van Rensburg, head of Bidvest Coin Protea at Harmony Gold Mine’s Free State operations, testified about Ndlovu’s smuggling activities.

Adv. Johan de Nyschen, prosecutor, told the court that crime and corruption is a big problem among police officers across South Africa, but especially in the Goldfields.

“It is tragic that a man threw away his career in this way, but he must be punished harshly,” said De Nyschen.

  • David One Eye, also known as David Kumbi, Eric Dumisani or Eric Ndlovu, will be appearing in the Welkom Regional Court tomorrow (06/09) for South African identity document fraud. His physical fingerprints do not correlate with those on record for any of the identity documents associated with him.

Furthermore, he is currently out on R50 000 bail for murder. He will be appearing in the High Court in Virginia (Circuit Court) in October on a charge of premeditated murder (the Odendaalsrus grave­yard murder).

Capt. Stephen Thakeng, media liaison officer for the Welkom SAPS Cluster, has confirmed this information.

– Marti Will

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