SA arrests another suspect in alleged DRC coup plot

By Drum Digital
10 February 2013

South African police on Sunday said they have arrested another suspect in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We cannot release the name of the suspect, but I can say suspect number 20 in the DRC coup plot has been arrested in Cape Town," Paul Ramaloko, the spokesman for the elite Hawks police unit, told dpa.

"He was one of the main players in the plot, in organizing the coup attempt." The man is expected to appear in a Pretoria court early next week.

His arrest on Friday came a day after 19 others were charged in court following their arrest over the alleged plot. The case was postponed to February 19 to allow them to obtain legal representation.

Among them was James Kazango, a naturalized US citizen and suspected ringleader. Prosecutors said two more suspects - named as Etienne Kabila and General Yakatumba - were still at large.

The suspects are believed to belong to a group called Union des Nationaliste pour le Renouveau (Union of Nationalists for Renewal).

The group is alleged to have been operating under the guise of training to become game rangers in the remote northeastern South Africa. Police said they were tipped off about the alleged coup plot in September.

South Africa is home to a large Congolese community, including many refugees.Author: Shabtai Gold


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