North West EFF elects murderers as leaders

2014-12-04 08:13

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The North West EFF has elected two convicted murderers into its top provincial structure.

Economic Freedom Fighters MPL Papiki Babuile was sentenced to 12 years for murder, and eight months for conspiracy to murder, in the North Gauteng High Court sitting in Stilfontein last month, The Star newspaper reported.

He was part of a gang convicted of the murder of rival politician, David Chika, who was the ANC’s regional secretary.

Chika was killed on the eve of the ruling party’s Mangaung conference that kept President Jacob Zuma in power.

Babuile wanted Zuma removed.

Read: EFF’s Babuile jailed for ANC leader’s murder

The court found that Babuile did not fire the fatal shot – this was done by one of his accomplices, William Lesole Malefo and three others, who were all sentenced to life terms.

Both Babuile and Malefo were elected to the EFF provincial executive council in the North West, conference goers told The Star after the weekend event in Rustenburg.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed Malefo’s nomination into the executive committee.

“Babuile was elected because his conviction and sentence were under review. He is in jail because he has not been able to secure bail,” Ndlozi was quoted as saying.

But the National Prosecuting Authority said his application for leave to appeal was rejected.

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