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By Riot Hlatshwayo | Jul 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Controversial former Mpumalanga ANC Youth League leader and now Cope chairperson in Ehlanzeni has opened a case of intimidation against Premier David Mabuza.

James Nkambule laid charges against Mabuza on June 28 but the police kept it a secret until they received media inquiries to the effect.

Sowetan has it on good authority that Nkambule claimed in his statement to police that Mabuza had sent an SMS threatening him and his family.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi yesterday confirmed that Nkambule laid a case against Mabuza at Barberton police station but refused to elaborate.

He also refused to reveal the contents of the SMS in question .

Nkambule, who has been barred by the Nelspruit regional court from speaking to the media following explosive statements he had previously made, was due to appear in court yesterday.

This follows his arrested on March 25 after a large contingent of the police arrived at his home at Umjindi for a raid.

Nkambule was charged with defeating the ends of justice, incitement, conspiracy to commit a crime and fraud. He was released on R8000 bail.

Nkambule's arrest is related to an alleged hit list containing names of politicians, including Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala who was shot dead in January last year and the executive mayor of Mbombela Lassy Chiwayo.

He was also arrested in relations to his claims about the infamous "hitman" codenamed "Josh" who, according to media reports, is a Mozambican thug who allegedly confessed to the killing of Mohlala and others.

The reports further said Josh claimed to have been paid by a top Mpumalanga politician to kill his political opponents.

Mabuza's spokesperson Mabutho Sithole yesterday dismissed the allegations, saying he could not harm a fly and therefore could not send an SMS with threats to anyone.


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