Police should probe ‘powerful politicians’ behind ANC councillor’s killing – DA

2013-06-21 13:36

The DA has called on the police to expand their investigations into the killing of Mpumalanga politician Johan Ndlovu to ascertain if no politician was behind the plot.

Two murderers of Ndlovu – one a former ANC chief whip in Ehlanzeni District Municipality – were sentenced in the Nelspruit circuit court yesterday. Ndlovu was shot dead in Bushbuckridge on January 5 2011.

Mudi Khoza (26) and Bongani Mkasi (30) were each sentenced to life for murder, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, three years for illegal possession of a firearm and one year for of unlicensed ammunition.

Another accused, Life Khoza (24), was sentenced to 20 years for murder and 15 years for armed robbery in 2011 after pleading guilty.

Provincial DA leader Anthony Benadie said his call for further investigation was sparked by the murderers’ legal representative’s allegations that Ndlovu was murdered on instructions from “powerful politicians”.

“This is not the first instance where the involvement of powerful political figures has been alleged in the murder of an Mpumalanga politician, but the fact that it was placed on record, in open court, gives much more credence to the rumour, and must be investigated,” said Benadie.

“The DA therefore calls on the police to intensify and expand their investigations into the allegations, to arrest and question any person against whom these allegations have been made, no matter how senior or influential the politician may be,” he added.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi commented: “We acknowledge the fact that this matter was raised in court, but we don’t want to talk about what we intend doing in the media.”

During the course of the trial, Khoza claimed in an affidavit that former Ehlanzeni council speaker Milton Morema had been involved in Ndlovu’s murder.

Khoza later withdrew his statement – alleging that he was coerced by police to implicate Morema.

He alleged in the affidavit that tavern owner Velaphi Ndlovu – who was the middleman for Morema and ward councillor Douglas Mboweni – had promised him and Bongani Mkasi R10 000 each and government tenders for the hit.

Morema lost his position when the ANC demoted him in the wake of the allegations. The SA Communist Party – of which Morema is a provincial executive member – is putting pressure on the ANC to reinstate him after Khoza withdrew the statement.

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa said the matter was being considered.

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