‘Untrue’: Premier’s office denies link to suspect

2010-05-03 00:00

THE office of the KwaZulu-Natal premier has distanced itself from an article in a Sunday newspaper linking a suspect who was arrested for allegedly being in possession of an illegal firearm with the Premier, Zweli Mkhize.

The suspect, Sizwe Mkhize, appeared with others in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Friday charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was said to have been known to the premier’s family.

Yesterday a spokesperson for the premier, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said: “The suspect has no relations with the premier and his family, and has never met him. The allegations are untrue and bring the name of the premier and the office he occupies into disrepute.”

South African Police Force spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed the man was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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