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Mayor's 'killers' to face court

By unknown | Aug 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Five people, including a businesswoman, are to appear in court today following the assassination of a deputy mayor of a Mpumalanga municipality.

Thandi Pauline Mtsweni, 43, the deputy executive mayor of Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga's eastern Highveld region, was shot dead on June 27 as she arrived at her Leslie home with her husband Bafana Khanye and their 13-year-old son Zwelakhe.

The main suspect, Sdudla Lukhele, 32, a prominent owner of a road and construction company was arrested last week.

She appeared in the Leslie magistrates' court on Friday for a bail application. The hearing was postponed to today when she is expected to appear with four other male suspects at the Evander magistrates' court.

The other suspects, aged 30, 36, 35 and 49 were arrested in Gauteng last week.

According to Mpumalanga Commissioner of Police, Afrika Khumalo the motive for Mtsweni's murder "was greed and corruption".

Earlier Khumalo said the killing was related to the issuing of municipal tenders and that Mtsweni, who was opposed to corruption, had cancelled some irregularly issued tenders.

Sources in the tiny Leslie town claimed that it was a known fact that major construction tenders were always awarded to Lukhele.

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla commended the investigating team, saying they had worked tirelessly to ensure that the culprits were brought to book.


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