Bozwana hit: Alleged mastermind held on other charges

January 12, 2016, 4:13am

Murdered businessman Wandile Bozwana. (NorthWestZA, Facebook) on News24

Naledi Shange, News24

Pretoria - A man alleged to have been the mastermind in the killing of North West businessman Wandile Bozwana is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The prominent businessman was alleged to have been linked to the case on Friday.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told News24 that the man was not initially wanted in connection with the murder but investigations revealed he had a hand in the crime.

“It is true that he is in custody but he is not arrested on the Bozwana case, he is arrested on other serious cases that police are investigating. [We have however] linked [him] to the murder of Bozwana,” said Mulaudzi.

Bozwana died in hospital after being ambushed in what is believed to be a hit while he was a passenger in a yellow Renault Clio in October.

Police said the Clio driven by Bozwana’s female companion was stationary at the traffic light on the N1 Garsfontein off-ramp when a BMW M3 pulled up next to them. A man jumped out and started pumping a hail of bullets at the businessman. The man jumped back into the BMW, which sped off.

The 43-year-old Bozwana was hit by at least nine bullets. His companion, who was hit by two, survived the attack.

Two men were arrested last year in connection with the murder. When arrested, the men were found in possession of semi-automatic and automatic rifles as well as ammunition. They were also charged for being in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.

Additionally, they were found in possession of jammers and were charged for contravening the Electronic Communications Act, which makes the possession of the unlicensed devices illegal. They faced charges of murder, attempted murder, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

They appeared in court in December where the matter was postponed to February 17 for further investigation.

A source close to the investigation told News24 that the businessman allegedly acquired the services of the gunman and orchestrated the hit.

“It is not known why but all that will be revealed when he appears in court on Tuesday,” said the source.