Mabuza’s man claims second arrest

2010-08-04 15:54

Spokesperson for Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza claims Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was not the only person arrested in connection with reports that the premier had resigned.

City Press understands that KaBhokweni police near White River started investigating teacher Prudence Ntimba of Mganduzweni Primary School on Thursday in connection with allegations that her partner, Victor Mlimi, had asked her to fax a letter, claiming that Mabuza had resigned, from the school to a Johannesburg-based journalist.

Mlimi works for the department of human settlements in Mpumalanga and is an ANC councillor at the Ehlanzeni district municipality.

The police apparently interviewed Ntimba yesterday afternoon.

Mabutho Sithole, spokesperson for Mabuza, phoned City Press today to confirm that two people had been arrested in connection with a case of fraud lodged by the premier.

“Two people, including Mzilikazi (wa Afrika), were arrested. I heard that the other one is Mlimi, but you can confirm that with the police,” said Sithole.

Rumours about Wa Afrika’s arrest started circulating in Nelspruit (now Mbombela) yesterday afternoon. He was arrested at Sunday Times’ offices around midday today.

However, Captain Leonard Hlathi, Mpumalanga police spokesperson, denied that there was any other arrest.

“There is no such. Just ask the premier’s spokesperson if there was a case opened. If he says so, then we will definitely investigate,” he said.

Musa Zondi, spokesperson of the Hawks, also denied any knowledge of Mlimi’s or Ntimba’s arrest.

Neither of them could be reached for comment this afternoon.

Last week Sithole said the letter was part of a conspiracy intended to oust Mabuza.

Sithole said Mabuza’s detractors have been spreading rumours that he would leave his office since he was inaugurated in May last year.

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