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ANC welcomes Wolmarans prosecution

2012-07-20 19:25

Johannesburg - The ANC has welcomed the prosecution of former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans.

"The successful prosecution... is a demonstration once more that this country cannot afford crime in whatever form and irrespective of who commits it," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Friday.

"The ANC... is disappointed that a senior member of the organisation... has been found guilty of the murder of a whistleblower and a fellow ANC councillor," he said in a statement.

Wolmarans was jailed for 20 years on Tuesday for the murder of Moss Phakoe.

The North West High Court in Rustenburg also sentenced Wolmarans's former bodyguard Enoch Matshaba to life in prison.

Matshaba was arrested on August 4 2011, after a witness told the police in Bela Bela about the crime. He saw Matshaba holding a gun at Phakoe's home just after hearing two gunshots.

Wolmarans was arrested on September 24 2011, together with Amos Mataboge and Oupa Mphomane. Charges against Mataboge and Mphomane were dropped.

Phakoe was shot dead at his home in Rustenburg north in March 2009 after handing over a dossier detailing corruption in the municipality to high-ranking ANC officials, including secretary general Gwede Mantashe and President Jacob Zuma.

Phakoe also gave the dossier to former co-operative governance minister Sicelo Shiceka, in the presence of Wolmarans.

Mthembu said: "The ANC has never lived with nor tolerated political assassins and we therefore condemn in strongest terms the act of political murder instigated by the former mayor."

The ANC would refer the matter to its national disciplinary committee.

"We are confident that our disciplinary structures will deal with matter expeditiously and arrive at a sanction that will be commensurate to the serious offence committed by these comrades," said Mthembu.

Comments
  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-20 20:56

    Name one crime that HASN'T been committed by anc government ministers? I do acknowledge though, there is (a small amount of ministers)that are not criminally minded...but most are.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-07-20 21:19

    dont get sick now please

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-07-20 21:40

    And welcomed the release of annother... Double standards maybe?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 21:47

    Really this is all part of the great campaign. They don't really mean it, it's just cute soundbites 'cos they know the people are p'd off. Next year, after Mangaung, it will be cover-ups as usual.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:41

      Cancel Mangaung. It's just a big pissup and a waste of money.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-21 02:25

    Are there any ANC politicians at all with clean hands??????

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:40

      No.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-21 13:10

    Said Methembu, another parrot.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:40

    Mthembu said: "The ANC has never lived with nor tolerated political assassins and we therefore condemn in strongest terms the act of political murder instigated by the former mayor." This is untrue. This is just lips moving. Lies. The ANC and its followers just eradicate anyone who is deemed to be a threat, or has more than they do. They kill, rape and plunder at will. It's time all if law-abiding South Africa opens its eyes and demands the ANC and its ridiculous puppets step down. It's time the citizens started to enjoy the fruits of their labours. We are taxed to death, pay huge amounts for our protection and land up barricading ourselves in our homes - but the bastards just tear the doors down.

  • Carol - 2012-07-22 12:31

    Quote: "The successful prosecution... is a demonstration once more that this country cannot afford crime in whatever form and irrespective of who commits it," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Friday. Unquote Please explain to me then.. Why Farm murders ; Rape ; Hi-Jackings ; Home invasion, not even necessarily break-in and theft, but blatant murder, of which all South African Citizens are familiar with, as they experience it every day of their lives... Is not tackled with the same severity as this case has been? ANC hang your heads in shame, when CRIME comes knocking at your door... Then is is a different story, is it not?

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