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The ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga has called on the party to "immediately" reinstate two Mpumalanga mayors whose murder cases were thrown out of court recently.

Bushbuckridge mayor Milton Morema and Govan Mbeki municipality mayor Sipho Nkosi have both had their murder cases struck off the roll.

Morema was facing two counts of murder when his case was thrown out of the Acornhoek magistrate's court on April 27 after what his lawyer, Mpho Mashiloane, called a political conspiracy by his rivals.

He, Lakios Mosoma and Erasmus Makhubele were arrested under dramatic circumstances that that saw Morema being overwhelmed by members of the Mpumalanga police's organised crime unit.

The three men were accused of hiring Jeffrey Sedibe of Greenvalley, near Acornhoek, to kill Motion Mashile, a teacher at a local high school.

Magistrate George Risimati believed Mashiloane when he submitted in court that Morema's arrest was just a political smear campaign against him by his rivals.

Nkosi's case, which related to the shooting to death of his deputy, Nomsa Msthweni, was withdrawn more than a month ago.

Now the provincial ANC Youth League is calling for the reinstatement of the two mayors.

"We are saying the same speed the provincial working committee of the ANC employed to suspend the comrades must be employed to reinstate them," Mpumalanga ANC youth league spokesman Hamzer Ngwenya said at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

Nearly 50 ANC Youth League representatives attended the press conference at the Bushbuckridge municipality chambers.

Ngwenya said the youth league was also disturbed by what he termed "the obvious abuse of state power".

He took a swipe at Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla for the recent "untimely" reshuffling of the provincial cabinet.

"We are also disturbed by the obvious abuse of the state power," Ngwenya said.

"For no apparent reason some faction agreed on the reshuffling of the cabinet of the province without involving the provincial executive committee.

Coincidentally they appointed those who agree with the premier on a particular as MEC's and Chief Whips."


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