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South Africa: Security And Justice select committee shocked by arrest of Mayor in alleged murder plot

May 29, 2018

The committee welcomes the work of the South African Police Service in the arrest of five suspects and the recovery of R4 million linked to cash-in-transit robberies 

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 29, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The Select Committee on Security and Justice today expressed shock at the arrest of a municipal mayor for allegedly plotting to have the Endumeni municipal Speaker murdered. Endumeni municipality is in KwaZulu-Natal.

Committee Chairperson Mr Simphiwe Mtimunye said the committee noted the work of the province’s political task team in the arrest of Mayor Siboniso Mbatha, as well as the arrest of a councillor and a hitman.

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.”

Furthermore, the committee welcomes the work of the South African Police Service in the arrest of five suspects and the recovery of R4 million linked to cash-in-transit robberies. The arrests come after weeks of cash-in-transit robberies and attempted robberies in Gauteng. Mr Mtimunye noted that the arrests are the result of close collaboration between the police and the private sector, which saw the arrest of 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,” Mr Mtimunye said.

The committee further welcomes the appointment of General Godfrey Lebeya as the new head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks). Mr Mtimunye said the committee believes General Lebeya has the correct skill sets to lead the Hawks, as he has served the South African Police Service with excellence thus far. General Lebeya takes over from the Acting Head General Yoliswa Matakata. The committee also expresses its gratitude to General Matakata for her hard work and dedication in this post over the past 18 months.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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