Two appear over ANCYL stalking

2012-01-27 19:43

Polokwane - Two men suspected of stalking the ANC Youth League's Limpopo provincial secretary, Jacob Lebogo, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Peter Mthombeni, member of the SA National Defence Force and Philip Nkuzana were arrested on Wednesday and charged with impersonating a police officer and possession of ammunition.

Investigating Officer Captain Risimati Baloyi told the court that Mthombeni had previous convictions while Nkuzana had a pending case against him.

Defence lawyer Jack Makgoaka disagreed with Baloyi and said the case against Mthombeni had been withdrawn and that there was no pending case against Nkuzana.

The two have been in police custody since their arrest.

Baloyi told the court a third suspect was still at large.

He said the third accused had been seen with Mthombeni and Nkuzana on closed-circuit television.

Baloyi said police wanted the two to identify the third man from the footage.

Magistrate Janine Ungerer warned the police not to build their case on information they may not acquire.

"You are not going to use the accused to prove your case against them," she said.

Members of the ANC Youth League claim that Mthombeni and Nkuzana had been plotting to kill Lebogo when they were arrested near the offices of the provincial department of road and transport.

Makgoaka was expected to argue that the police reflector and ammunition found in the men's possession were not in their car illegally.

The matter was postponed to February 9 for a formal bail application and for the State to prove that there was a pending case against Nkuzana.

  • bobbirou - 2012-01-28 09:28

    What did the province do? Its a piece of land for heavens sake. In fact a very beautiful piece of land. Its the idiots that have run it into the ground.

  • Grant - 2012-01-28 09:31

    I can't see what offence was committed by the two men yet they are locked up. I will pose the question : If Hellen Zille reported she was being 'stalked' would the police be so quick to arrest the suspects? No reason has been forwarded for why the men would want to stalk the ANCYL. It's the first time I've heard of politicians complaining that they've been stalked. Usually a woman complains about a stalker. The poice will question the suspect and give a caution if they think it's justified. If it happens again a court restraining order is taken out. There are aspects of this incident that I am very unhappy with. No evidece was lead. It was claimed that the two men arrested plus a third one were caught on CCTV. Big deal, so were hundreds of others. What I also find disturbing is the fact that the investigating officer made certain allegations against the men which the lawyer has refuted. Sadly, as the allegations were made in a court of law the two men cannot sue for defamation. JUST WHAT HAS THE ANCYL GOT TO HIDE???

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 09:50

      everything including themselves

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