Past prosperity pastor Dr Zweli Mkhize has come out guns blasting after his name emerged in the bail knowing around six men faulted for killing Gauteng prosperity official Babita Deokaran, communicating that it was done to cause him "political embarrassment".
Deokaran, who had blown the whistle to the Special Investigating Unit on degradation associated with Covid-19 prosperity equipment acquisitions, was gunned down outside her Winchester Park home south of Johannesburg in August.
Deokaran's alleged killers, Phakamani Hadebe, Zita Hadebe, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Sanele Mbele, Siphiwe Mazibuko and Phakanyiswa Dladla, displayed in the Johannesburg official's court on Tuesday for the start of the bail hearing.
Phakamani Hadebe let the court in on that he had been tortured by police into conceding that Mkhize had mentioned the crime.
Mkhize in a declaration on Wednesday said he was dazed that his "name had been pulled into the circumstance of the men caught with respect to the manslaughter".
He said he expected to ensure Deokaran's family that he avoided the cruel bad behavior, "nor the alleged procurement irregularities which are acknowledged to have driven it".
"It should be recalled that these alleged obtaining irregularities happened at an ordinary level, far away from the public circle of government where I was sent as a public minister of prosperity."
He said he had shown his lawyers to stay in contact with the Independent Police Independent Directorate (Ipid) "to investigate the conditions including the extraction and affirmation into confirmation of the nitty gritty 'confirmation' whose value could simply have been to cause him political disgrace".
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