- The Hawks are beginning to doubt that an assassination plot against Supra Mahumapelo exists
- The only person with information relating to the allegations was “not convincing at all” according to a source close to the Hawks
- Critics of the premier believe that the murder plot is simply an attempt to divert attention from the crisis in the province
The Hawks who are investigating the death threats made against Supra Mahumapelo now believe that these allegations are false.
Officially the elite crime fighting unit are investigating a conspiracy to commit murder, however, sources close to the Hawks say that the investigators are not convinced by Mahumapelo story.
Briefly.co.za learned that the premier of the North West has come under increasing pressure to resign after he took an indefinite leave of absence. Following his decision to take leave and appoint an acting premier the government stepped in and took full control of the province according to news24.com.
Critics of Mahumapelo believe that his allegations of death threats were merely an attempt to divert attention from the crisis in the North west. Mahumapelo laid a complaint at the Mmabatho Police Station earlier in May.
He alleged that he had received information from a young woman from Mahikeng aboust a conspiracy to have him assassinated.
Mahumapelo has been summoned to Luthuli House where he is expected to appear tomorrow to lead a meeting of the ANC's North West provincial working committee. Many believe that the ANC have already decided to remove Mahumapelo.
Absence of evidence
The case is beginning to show signs that the allegations do not hold water after investigators interviewed the woman and found her account “not convincing at all”. The Hawks said that she made several contradictions and had very little information about the actual assassination plot.
“It was not difficult to read between the lines and realise the girl was probably coached to lie, but she is definitely not a good liar or was not well trained,” one source said.
“But then, we’re trained to detect it when someone is lying. The premier could have been lied to, or it can be anything really, just not the truth.”
The woman claimed to be part of a group of Mahumapelo's detractors and the daughter of a woman who owns a local event and marketing company.
“She failed to give even a single name when asked who exactly was in that group, saying they were using code names and gave three or four numbers as her own code name,” another source said.
“She is from Mahikeng and explained that most of their meetings were held locally, but still she doesn’t know the name of a single person in a group she claims exists.”
Her story lacked substance according to one of the sources.
“She said money was dropped by some people in the group as a deposit to some hitman, but for someone who claims to be a convenor. She could not say by whom, where the drop-off was made or for whom. She is a young girl and was not convincing or helpful at all,” the source said.
“It is difficult for officers to determine how she made contact with Mahumapelo, but she told them she spoke to the premier and a senior security official, who happened to be a former senior Hawks official in the province, about it. It is clear from her phone records that she has been in contact with the premier.”
A source close to the investigation said that Mahumapelo phoned her while the Hawks were in the process of questioning her.
This is the fourth alleged plot to assassinate Mahumapelo and there are some members of the North West provincial executive committee who doubt the veracity of Mahumapelo's claims.
PEC member and Mahumapelo nemesis Mmoloki Cwaile said: “The insinuations, inferences and imputation suggestive of intent to kill Comrade Mahumapelo are aimed at garnering mercy and sympathy for him.”
Lucky Kgabi from the Revolutionary Council, a grouping of ANC members and the public that has been openly critical of Mahumapelo, said: “We never believed from the beginning that there was a plot to kill Mahumapelo. If it is a false claim; he must be charged. In fact, we encourage the Hawks to investigate this thoroughly.”
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