6 Men Plead Guilty to Whistleblower Babita Deokaran’s Murder, SA Wants Answers: “Who’s the Mastermind?”

6 Men Plead Guilty to Whistleblower Babita Deokaran’s Murder, SA Wants Answers: “Who’s the Mastermind?”

  • The six men accused of murdering Thembisa Hospital whistleblower Babita Deokaran have pleaded guilty
  • The men shot and killed Deokaran after she flagged dodgy financial dealings taking place at the hospital
  • Many South Africans want to know who ordered the assassination hit on Deokaran's life

JOHANNESBURG - After numerous delays in the murder trial of Thembisa Hospital whistleblower Babita Deokran, the six men accused of her heinous murder have pleaded guilty.

The men appeared in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to submit their pleas on Tuesday, 22 August, reports News24.

Candlelight Vigil For Corruption Fighter Babita Deokaran at the office of the Premier on August 26, 2021
Tembisa Hospital whistleblower Babita Deokaran's killers have pleaded guilty. Images: Fani Mahuntsi & Stock photo
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Babita Deokaran killed in front of her house

According to EWN, Deokaran was shot several times outside her home on 23 August 2021 after blowing the whistle about irregular transactions at Thembisa Hospital.

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Weeks before her murder, Deokaran flagged the dodgy transactions worth millions of rands. Her murder is considered an assassination since the men accused are believed to be hitmen.

Six men accused of the murder reportedly arranged a plea deal with the prosecution prior to pleading guilty.

South Africans weigh in on the guilty plea


"If the disclosure of the identity of the mastermind is not part of the guilty plea deal, the @NPA_Prosecutes have failed Babita Deokaran and are part of the cover-up."

@hlubizer said:

"Who's the mastermind?"

@SMduba25 said:

"They never get to know the boss. The boss will never be revealed because he or she is not known to them."

@arie_koch said:

"But who put them up to it?"

@ChrisFriskin72 said:

"Who is the person behind the assassination order...?"

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@Melanin_Mmaps said:

"It’s not justice if they don’t reveal who ordered the hit because the real killer is free."

Unpaid legal fees, missing court documents stall murder trial

Briefly News previously reported that a year after the death of Gauteng health department official and whistleblower Babita Deokaran, the case against the six men accused of her murder was postponed once again.

The seventh suspect in the case has had the charges against them provisionally withdrawn pending a probe. Officials say the charges against the seventh suspect have been withdrawn pending an investigation.

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Lebogang Mashego (Current Affairs HOD) Lebogang Mashego runs the Current Affairs desk. She joined the Briefly News team in 2021. She has 6 years of experience in the journalism field. Her journalism career started while studying at Rhodes University, where she worked for the Oppidan Press for 3 years. She worked as a lifestyle writer and editor at W24 and Opera News. She graduated with a BA degree majoring in Journalism and Media Studies in 2017. She's a recipient of the INMA Elevate Scholarship. Email: lebogang.mashego@briefly.co.za

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