Only two weeks after Hillary Gardee's murder, News24 reported that one of the apprehended suspects claimed he was tortured to reveal the identity of a senior EFF member. There were a lot of questions about who that senior member was. According to a leaked document obtained by Times Live, the member is none other than Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.
According to the affidavit, the suspect arrested in connection with Hillary Gardee's murder was allegedly tortured by police in order to incriminate EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu in the April death in Mpumalanga. Police wanted Philemon Lukhele, a suspect in the murder, to accuse Shivambu, according to a sworn statement.
At Hillary Gardee's funeral, Shivambu was seen with Julius Malema and his wife.
Waterboarding, suffocation, and electric shocks are among the charges of torture made by the other defendants. They requested medical assistance when they appeared in court, claiming they had been injured by the police. According to TimesLIVE, they attempted to contact Shivambu for comment more than three times but were unable. Shivambu has remained silent. According to the report, Shivambu has blue-ticked the WhatsApp messages received to him. TimesLIVE states that "it proves he saw the communications we sent him," and that EFF spokesperson Sinawo Tambo claims that the police "at never time" indicated Shivambu was a "person of interest." The three suspects detained for Gardee's rape and murder — Lukhele, Albert Gama, and Sipho Mkhatshwa — allegedly made three statements to Ipid. Ipid has acknowledged that their allegations are being looked upon.
Philemon Lukhele claims he was tortured in order to incriminate Shivambu. Mpumalanga police have denied that the suspects were tortured. "The suspects were not tortured by the police." "Unfortunately, we will not be able to comment on the merits and processes of the inquiry because the investigation is still ongoing and the case is currently on the court roll," Brig Selvy Mohlala told TimesLIVE.
However, Shivambu's silence when EFF members were yelling about finding Hillary was alarming. When her body was discovered, EFF members spit fire, vating for the blood of her killers, but Shivambu remained silent. This drew a lot of attention. We hope Shivambu is innocent because if he is found guilty, the EFF may be doomed. Godrich Gardee, Hillary Gardee's father, poured her blood over her daughter's grave. Her blood is going to speak for her. Whoever is to blame will be apprehended!
Meanwhile, it's been reported that Philemon Lukhele has been granted some perks while inside. He allegedly worked with warders to bring cellphones and other "nice" items into his cell. Collen Sedibe, the EFF Mpumalanga Chairperson, stated this.
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