Thembani Chabane, who says he is a relative of the late minister, made the allegation on social media last week, reports The Star.
He wrote on Facebook that truck driver Amukelani Rikhotso, who has been arrested and charged for the deaths of Chabane and his bodyguards, had confessed to having been hired to kill the minister.
He wrote on Wednesday: “Amu Rikhotso the truck driver behind the killing of Hon minister Chabane confessed to being bought to obstruct the way when a Blue lights Toureg approach from behind the truck, inmates in Polokwane police station released on bail briefed the family.
“It is said that ANC PEC (provincial executive committee) member paid him R15 000 to execute the… minister. We the Chabane’s are at advanced level with crime info relating to the saga.”
He said there had been three attempts, including poisoning, on Chabane’s life.
During the ANC provincial memorial service on Friday, Chabane’s nephew Musa urged the ANC to look into the claims. “As the family, we have noted that someone posted malicious in-formation on Facebook that seeks to cause a fight between the family and the ANC. We want the ANC to take the matter up,” he said.
On Sunday, ANC provincial spokeswoman Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the party would contact the family.
She denied the PEC had a role in Chabane’s death.