Two suspects released in Mpumalanga political assassination case
Sizwe Sama Yende
Two of the suspects linked to the murder of Mpumalanga politician John Ndlovu (42) could not be linked to the crime and had been released.
However, their three co-accuseds – Life Khosa (22), Bongani William Mkansi (27) and Mody Khosa (23) – appeared in the Mhala Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of murder.
They allegedly shot the Ehlanzeni chief whip last Wednesday in Thulamahashe before dumping his body at Luphungu. His Toyota Corrolla was found neglected 20km away in Dumphries.
“The other two suspects could not be linked to the crime and they were released,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi.
The case against the three has been postponed to January 19 for further investigation, and they were remanded in custody.
Meanwhile, 39 community members, including 11 minors, appeared in court after they allegedly went to a house belonging to one of the released suspects in Hluvukani baying for his blood.
Hlathi said the angry community members broke the windows of a police car. They have been charged with public violence. Their case was postponed to January 28 for further investigation. They were released on warning.
Ndlovu’s murder has caused an uproar in Mpumalanga, which is notorious for political assassinations, and the DA and Cope have called for a full-scale investigation into the political murders.
Sources said he was a strong contender for the position of Ehlanzeni District Municipality’s executive mayor after the 2011 local government elections.
Another politician, Ehlanzeni council speaker Caswell Maluleke survived after he was shot 14 times in April 2000. At that time, Maluleke was Bushbuckridge mayor and had, on the day of the incident, been appointed to co-ordinate the establishment of the defunct Bohlabela District Municipality in Limpopo. He was promoted as the new district’s executive mayor.
Two years back, Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala was shot dead at his KaNyamazane home. Mohlala was fighting tender corruption in the R2 billion Mbombela World Cup stadium.