Cosatu seeks protection for Mpumalanga politicians

2011-01-12 07:12

Trade federation Cosatu wants all political leaders in Mpumalanga to be placed under protection in light of an increasing number of suspected politically motivated murders.

Cosatu provincial secretary Fidel Mlombo made the call after Ehlanzeni chief whip John Ndlovu (42) was killed last Wednesday in what is suspected to be a political assassination.

Mlombo joined the DA and Cope in calling for a national investigation and an inquest into the murders.

“It is only in Mpumalanga that even MECs who have bodyguards become victims of this political thuggery,” he said, referring to claims that Human Settlements MEC Madala Masuku had been followed on many occasions and was robbed at gunpoint on the N4 last year by criminals using the police blue lights.

Other politicians and government officials who were murdered include:

» Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who was outspoken about alleged corruption regarding the R2 billion Mbombela Stadium in 2008.

» Bomber Ntshangase, an SACP member who was shot dead last year – apparently for fighting corruption in a hostel project in Bethal.

» Culture and sport head of communication Sammy Mpatlanyane, who was shot dead at his house in Stonehenge, Nelspruit, in 2009.

Many other politicians, including SACP provincial secretary Bonakele Majuba and ANC PEC member Sabelo Shabangu, are under protection after receiving threats.

Meanwhile, three suspects in Ndlovu’s murder – Life Khosa (22), Bongani William Mkansi (27) and Mody Khosa (23) – appeared in the Mhala Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a murder charge.

The case was postponed to January 19 for further investigations, and the suspects were remanded in custody.

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