It will be hard to get all the worms back into cans that witnesses have opened in the first three weeks of evidence against the 'Glebelands Eight' - an alleged hostel hit squad headed by a rogue detective. The cop and one of his co-accused, a cousin and a neighbour (the last two not charged with any crimes), have also been revealed as founding members of a seemingly bogus non-profit 'conflict resolution' organisation that appeared to be active at the height of the hostel killings in 2015.
For more Daily Maverick reports on the Glebelands Eight, read here, here, here and here.
Durban Central detective Bhekukwazi Mdweshu and his cousin Ncomekile Ntshangase, together with Khayelihle Mbuthuma, Vukani Mcobothi, Eugene Wonderboy Hlophe, Mbuyiselwa Mkhize, Mondli Mthethwa and Bongani Mbhele have been charged under common purpose with nine counts of murder, seven of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Mdweshu is also facing charges of extortion and racketeering, according to the affidavit of Provincial Organised Crime Unit investigating officer Lieutenant Bhekumuzi Sikhakhane, for "forming and leading a criminal syndicate with the purpose to kill persons who resided at Glebelands Hostel".
Some of the accused are also facing other, unrelated charges, or...