Two in court this week over ANC ‘hit list’

2011-04-04 14:43

Two men are due to appear in court this week for allegedly conspiring to kill ANC members, Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela said today.

The bail application of Thembile Ceba and Thembinkosi Mapeyi will be heard on Wednesday in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court.

The Dispatch Online reported on Friday that the pair were arrested in Mthatha by the Hawks and crime intelligence investigators over an alleged plot to kill five ANC leaders, including provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane and local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the ANC’s provincial spokesman.

The pair appeared in court on Friday and were remanded in custody.

They were reportedly suspected of being involved in a plot to kill the ANC leaders who blocked their preferred candidates from contesting local government positions in the upcoming May 18 polls.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape witnessed a revolt over its local election candidate lists recently with members in various regions taking the party to court over the candidate selection process.

Qoboshiyane today said the ANC was aware of the case but the motive would emerge in court.

“I don’t know if it’s about lists or not,” he told Sapa.

He said there had long been a need to restore discipline in the organisation as people had resorted to violence during meetings and conferences.

“There was no list issues when people decided to bring a gun to a meeting.

“It is criminals hiding in the organisation.”

He said he continued his work, and was “not disturbed” by his name being on the alleged hit list.

“I’m not disturbed, I’m doing my work. I trust police and intelligence to do their work. We are campaigning now, we cannot be distracted,” he said.

According to the Dispatch both the men implicated were employed by the King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality mayor Siyabonga Mlamli. Mlamli was quoted as saying he was “disgusted” that people from his office were linked to the crime.

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