ANC hands over former members suspected of conspiring to kill councillor

ANC hands over former members suspected of conspiring to kill councillor

12 March 2002

Three former members of the ANC Youth League in the Strand will appear in the local magistrates court on Monday 18 March on charges of conspiring to kill the Councill orfor Ward 87 Xolani Sotashe.

The plot was uncovered when the would-be hit-man tipped off ANC officials about it. He and a second man who was also approached to kill Sotashe are now state witnesses.

Ayanda Nofomele, Jackson Mxinzeleli and Vusumzi Nonkobongo approached a former policeman from Beaufort-West early this year and offered him R7,000 to kill Councillor Sotashe.

They said Sotashe was not giving projects to the youth and that he was a stumbling block for development. The trio, all in their mid-20šs, then concluded he must be killed and provided the would-be-assassin with a weapon and ammunition.

But said ANC Youth League Provincial Secretary Jabu Mfusi: "The real reason why they wanted to have this man (Sotahse) killed was because he exposed the corruption of the three. They have abused membership funds of the Youth League."

The would-be-assassin approached Sotashe who reported it to the ANC Provincial Office. Meanwhile another man from Khayelitsha was also approached to do the job. But he also reported it to both Sotashe and the ANC Provincial Office.

Over the weekend the trio was arrested and appeared in court on Monday 11 March in the Strand Magistrates Court. They remain in custody. Their bail hearing has been set for Monday 18 March in the same court. The ANC opposes bail.

Said ANC Western Cape Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha: "The ANC will not tolerate corrupt and criminal elements in its ranks.

"Anyone joining the organisation for dubious reasons and becoming corrupt, will be exposed and face the full might of the law.

"We want to commend and thank the two people who have prevented a tragedy. We call on all our people who have information about any crime to do their human duty and report it to the police. Let us unite against crime."

For further enquiries contact Provincial Media Officer Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape