Three members of the ANC's branch executive board in eThekwini's ward 54 are scheduled to appear in the Ntuzuma magistrate's court on Monday in connection with a September 11 shooting that killed three party members. According to sources close to the inquiry, members of the political task team detained two women and one male on Saturday in connection with the shooting that killed Ncami Shange, 34, Beatrice Nzama, 60, and Philisiwe Jili, 37.
Five persons in a black Opel Corsa bakkie opened fire on a group of people during a political rally near Buhlebethu Primary School on Sithole Road in Inanda Newtown C sector. At least five more people were hurt and brought to the hospital. Bheki Cele, the police minister, announced in September that police had leads on the perpetrators of an act he called a "clear indicator of intimidation" in the run-up to the local government elections. Provincial police spokesman Col Thembeka Mbele said the incident was being probed at the national level by a political task team and she couldn't comment. National police were unable to be reached for comment.
This comes after Ace Magashule, who is the suspended ANC secretary general, has put out a request to the Supreme Court to rule that the law has no prima facie evidence against him, arguing that his prosecution is a "smear campaign." He has also asked the court to require the prosecution to release the names of the witnesses who explicitly implicate him. Magashule is alleged of fraud and corruption in relation to an R255 million asbestos roofing audit contract in the Free State.
He'll be back in court in February. In the aftermath of his indictment, he was suspended from the ANC in May, in accordance with the party's "step-aside" rule. If a party member gets charged with a crime, they must resign from their position, according to the rules. If they do not comply, they may face a suspension. Please let us know what you think about these arrests in the comment section below, do not forget to like, share and comment.
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