Man behind Zuma murder plot arrested

Man behind Zuma murder plot arrested

A man who sent e-mails claiming that the life of President Jacob Zuma was in danger – has been arrested.

Ernest Nkosi allgedly sent messages to the spokesperson of the Minister of Police, the spokesperson of the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Crime Intelligence Divisional Commissioner as well as car dealership BMW South Africa, claiming that there was a plot to assassinate President Jacob Zuma.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Nkosi wrote in his e-mails that there was poison on a particular vehicle’s seat and that the poison was meant for the president.

“He further claimed that members of the SAPS VIP Protection Unit, members of the Hawks, as well as certain minister and parliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill president Zuma,” Mulaudzi said in a statement.

Mulaudzi added that the man sent threatening smses to prominent individuals including high profile officials in various departments, with the latest victim being the Chief of Defence Intelligence.

“The Hawks took the threats very seriously and an investigation was launched and Nkosi was arrested at a library in Sharpeville. Nkosi appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court  and was referred to a psychiatrist at Weskoppies Hospital in Pretoria.”

He was charged with contravening section 26(1)(a) of the Intelligence Services Act, Impersonating a State Security Agency (SSA) official in that he called himself Dr Ernest Nkosi, an SSA undercover agent. He was also charged with fraud for using a cellphone number RICA’d under another person’s name.

Source : ewn

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