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‘Really nice guys’: families stunned by men’s arrest for Babita hit

Loved ones and neighbours describe accused as humble and nothing like the men they would expect to get violent

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The arrest of six men accused of the murder of Gauteng health department corruption whistleblower Babita Deokaran has left their families and friends shattered and desperately seeking answers.

Phakamani Hadebe, Zita Hadebe, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Sanele Mbele, Siphiwe Mazibuko and Phakanyiswa Dladla, all from KwaZulu-Natal, were arrested in police raids south of Johannesburg.

The men, described to Sunday Times Daily as “loving fathers, polite and humble”, appeared before Johannesburg magistrate Simon Radasi on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition...

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