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The Congress of the People has distanced itself from James Nkambule's alleged involvement in the Mpumalanga hit list saga.
Nkambule, chairman of Cope's Ehlanzeni branch, was arrested last week in connection with the existence of alleged hit lists.
The Mpumalanga politician was granted bail of R8000 by the Nelspruit regional court yesterday.
Police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said as part of his bail, Nkambule will not leave his home in Barberton without notifying his investigating officer. His case was postponed to June 2.
Nkambule, a former ANC Youth League leader and now with Cope, was arrested last Thursday after police raided his home.
Police questioned him about the alleged existence of a hit list containing the names of a number of people in Mpumalanga.
Nkambule was allegedly at the centre of allegations of a plot to oust former president Thabo Mbeki several years ago.
He now faces charges of defeating the ends of justice, conspiracy to commit a crime, incitement and fraud.
In a statement Cope's national spokesperson Philip Dexter said the party "noted the arrest and wishes to state that any activities by any of its members in relation to the alleged ANC hit lists in Mpumalanga are not in any way connected to the party".
Dexter said Nkambule would go to a disciplinary hearing to establish if he was behind the hit list as it had been alleged.
"If individuals who are members of the party have been involved in fabricating information and disseminating this, they will be subjected to the disciplinary process of the organisation and must face the legal consequences of their actions,' said Dexter.