Kokstad councillor questioned over gun raid

2009-12-10 00:00

POLICE in Kokstad have interrogated Greater Kokstad Municipality ANC councillor Mkhululi White about an armed robbery that took place at Swartberg police station last week.

The police station was robbed of seven firearms — two R5 rifles and five pistols — while there was only one policeman on duty.

The questioning of the councillor happened soon after he was arrested on charges of being found in the possession of a suspected stolen vehicle and using a car without the owner’s consent.

White was released on R1 000 bail and the charges levelled against him were withdrawn on Monday.

He told reporters outside the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court that he is contemplating taking legal action as he believes that his arrest and his questioning about the firearms are the result of a “political conspiracy” to blacken his name.

A source inside the Kokstad police station confirmed that White was interrogated about the Swartberg firearms robbery, but was released because of a lack of evidence positively linking him to the crime.

KwaZulu-Natal police spo­kes­man Superintendent Vincent Mdunge refused to confirm the questioning of the councillor “This is a sensitive matter and it is not for us to confirm [anything] about a person who has not even appeared before court.”

Mdunge said police can only confirm this once they have made an arrest.

White is no stranger to controversy. He has recently appeared before an ANC disciplinary committee to face charges of assaulting another ANC member and disrupting organisational meetings, as well as bringing the party into disrepute.

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