Parliament expresses shock as KZN mayor arrested for alleged murder plot

Parliament expresses shock as KZN mayor arrested for alleged murder plot

- The arrest of a KZN mayor for allegations of plotting to murder the municipal speaker has left the parliament's select committee on security and justice shocked

- Endumeni municipality mayor, another councillor and an alleged hitman were all arrested this week in connection with the

- The provinces political task team was commended for their part in the investigation and the arrests

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Political killings in KwaZulu-Natal were brought into sharp focus for the parliament’s select committee on security and justice this week when they were informed of the arrest of KZN, Endumeni municipality mayor in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate the municipal speaker, Winfreda Mbatha-Makhathini.

Briefly.co.za gathers that the committee expressed shock at the arrest of the mayor, another municipal councillor and a man alleged to be a killer for hire.

Mbatha-Makhathini was reportedly alerted about a plot against her life last Wednesday when the Hawks asked her to her to attend a meeting at the Dundee police station.

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Committee chairman Simphiwe Mtimunye said on Saturday that the committee has noted the work of the province’s political task team in the arrests.

"It is believed that the speaker accused the mayor of corruption and undue influence in the awarding of tenders. The committee does not expect such behaviour from South Africans. It is even worse when coming from elected public representatives. We condemn such criminality in the harshest possible terms. No one should be taking the law into their own hands. This speaks directly to the political killings that are currently on the increase in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Mtimunye.

Mayor Siboniso Richard Mbatha, councillor Mthembeni Majola and alleged hitman Xolani Makhathini made their first appearance in the Estcourt Magistrate's Court on Thursday and are expected back in court on May 31 to apply for bail.

Cash-in-transit robberies

The committee reportedly also commended the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the recent arrest of five suspects, believed to be linked to cash-in-transit robberies.

At the time of the arrest, R4-million was also recovered. Mtimunye explained that the committee believed the arrests were the result of close collaboration between police and the private sector.

The arrests followed weeks of cash-in-transit robberies and attempted robberies in Gauteng, and the arrested suspects included several employees of a cash-in-transit company.

“We commend the work of the police. This type of collaboration is what the country needs to ensure criminals are put behind bars as soon as possible. This should serve as a warning for criminals that there is no place to hide,” said Mtimunye.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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