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Police arrest wrong Sizokhutola presenter Xolani

The new Sizok’thola broadcaster, Xolani Maphanga, was jailed and eventually freed after three police officers realized they had arrested the wrong Xolani.

Thembisa police were hunting for the show’s former presenter, Xolani Khumalo, who is suspected of attempted murder. Maphanga, often known as X, has taken Khumalo’s spot on the show.

According to ZiMoja, the crime was perpetrated on January 31st, when Khumalo allegedly shot a guy in the hand with a rifle. Maphanga was subsequently detained on February 15 after being confused for Khumalo since both Xolanis drove similar but different-coloured automobiles. One of them drives a silver grey bakkie, and the other drives a gold bakkie. Xolani confirmed the incident.

“The incident did happen where I was arrested on attempted murder charges but later the charges were dropped because they had mistaken me for Xolani Khumalo,” he said.

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Maphanga who was held by the police for a few hours says what hurt him most about the incident is that Khumalo is aware of his arrest but that he has never bothered to call and explain what is really going on. \

“We have known each other for years and he is supposed to call me and explain to me what is really happening. He has never called me but I was informed by the police that he did go to the police station in Thembisa. I was told he went to the station with his lawyer” he said.

Maphanga is the new presenter for the show after the channel parted ways with Khumalo last year. Attempts to get comment from Khumalo proved fruitless as his phone rang unanswered but he blue ticked ZiMoja when the publication sent him WhatsApp messages. Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed the incident. “Police can confirm that a case of attempted murder was opened at Thembisa Police Station. However, the complainant withdrew the case, stating that they resolved the matter out of court,” he said.

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