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Cops probe ANC comrades' cases

By unknown | Jul 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Moyahabo Mabeba

Moyahabo Mabeba

Numerous criminal cases against ANC members are being investigated ahead of the Limpopo provincial conference scheduled for the University of Venda next month.

Sowetan is in possession of a dossier detailing several police cases that are being investigated in the province.

The cases laid by fellow comrades against each other range from common assault, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and intimidation, to crimen injuria.

There are 27 cases in the dossier. Six of them were reported in Vaalwater, four in Polokwane, four in Bela-Bela, four in Villa Nora, three in Naboomspruit, and one each in Mokopane, Mogwadi, Lephalale, Thohoyandou and Gilead.

These cases were reported at various police stations after incidents that involved supporters of Premier Sello Moloto and Cassel Mathale.

The two are contenders for the position of chairman of the ANC, and subsequently premier, of the province.

Moloto wants to retain his position as chairman while Mathale, the provincial secretary, is challenging him for the position.

At the centre of the cases are allegations of intimidation by members against those who differ with their views.

The dossier, which was lodged at the office of provincial assistant police commissioner Benny Ntlemeza, outlines incidents from January 1 to April 4.

It also names both suspects and victims of the attacks.

In most of the cases, supporters of Moloto have been attacked by Mathale's backers.

Ntlemeza's office said investigations into the cases were continuing.


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