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Three ANC Top Official Arrested In Connection With Shooting In Inanda

Three ANC branch executive board members from eThekwini's ward 54 are expected to appear in the Ntuzuma magistrate's court on Monday in connection with the September 11 shooting that murdered three party members. Members of the political task team apprehended two women and one man on Saturday in connection with the shooting that murdered Ncami Shange, 34, Beatrice Nzama, 60, and Philisiwe Jili, 37, according to sources close to the investigation.

During a political protest outside Buhlebethu Primary School on Sithole Road in Inanda Newtown C area, five individuals in a black Opel Corsa bakkie opened fire on a group of people. At least five more people were injured and sent to the hospital. In the run-up to the local government elections, Bheki Cele, the police minister, revealed in September that police had leads on the perpetrators of an act he called a "clear sign of intimidation." Col Thembeka Mbele, a provincial police spokesperson, said the event was being investigated at the national level by a political task team and that she couldn't comment. National police could not be reached for comment.

This comes after Ace Magashule, the suspended ANC secretary general, asked the Supreme Court to determine that there is no prima facie evidence against him under the law, claiming that his prosecution is a "smear campaign." He has also requested that the court order the prosecution to reveal the identities of the witnesses who expressly incriminate him. Magashule is accused of fraud and corruption in connection with an asbestos roofing audit contract worth R255 million in the Free State.

He'll appear in court again in February. Following his indictment, he was suspended from the ANC in May under the party's "step-aside" rule. According to the regulations, if a party member is charged with a felony, they must resign from their post. They may face suspension if they do not comply.

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