Cops struggle to nab Mkhize plotters

2010-11-17 12:47

Police were struggling to find three men accused of plotting to kill KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize.

The three men were released from police custody last Monday when the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court struck the case off the roll after the state failed to assign an advocate to prosecute the matter during the trial.

Summonses were quickly served on all four, but only Sizwe Mkhize appeared in the Pinetown Regional Court today.

Themba Xaba, Jackson Chili and Mlungisi Xulu had not handed themselves over to the police, the court heard.

The four men were denied bail earlier this year because the court felt they were likely to evade trial if they were released on bail.

The fifth accused, Sthembiso Mthembu, was released on R2 000 bail.

Xaba, Sizwe Mkhize, Xulu and Chili were denied bail, in part because they had pending cases and previous convictions.

Sizwe Mkhize’s included a suspended sentence for statutory rape.

Chili was sentenced to three years for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He was released in October 2009.

Xulu was sentenced to 10 years in 2006 for armed robbery. Six years were suspended and he was released on parole in October 2009.

The five faced charges of possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and conspiracy to commit murder.

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