The husband of the ANC’s deputy chief whip in the national parliament appeared at the Nkomazi magistrates court for allegedly faking a hijacking, and police are investigating him for further charges following the discovery of a hunting rifle in his car.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Vusi Dlakude (49), who is the husband of the ANC member of parliament, and deputy chief whip, Doris Dlakude, appeared in court on Tuesday charged with perjury.
Hlathi said in a media statement issued on Tuesday afternoon that Dlakude had called his parliamentarian wife claiming that he had been hijacked, instead he was the one who ended up spending a night in the police cells instead of the alleged hijackers.
“The suspect (Dlakude) was allegedly kidnapped by three armed men who redirected him to Hectorspruit whilst he was destined to his residence in Hhoyi Trust. The suspect further alleged that he managed to notify his wife about the ordeal after two of the purported kidnappers left him under the watch their accomplice,” said Hlathi.
Police investigations however, discovered that Dlakude may have faked the hijacking. Hlathi said that during questioning by the police, Dlakude confessed that he had been hired to transport the alleged hijackers to commit an undisclosed crime in return for a fee.
“After the police realised that the information of the man did not tally, they then arrested him for perjury,” said Hlathi.
He said that police investigations are continuing following the discovery of incriminating items, which included a hunting rifle, in his vehicle.
“The police later tracked and recovered his vehicle in Hectorspruit near Komatipoort with a hunting rifle, ammunition, silencer, axe and jumbo knife which were left inside the car,” he said.
Hlathi disputed earlier suspicions that Dlakude had been arrested for rhino poaching.
LATEST ON THE STORY: Dlakude was released on Wednesday 10 January 2018 on R500 bail.