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'Mabuza is untouchable we can't just arrest him'

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Jul 13, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE fate of Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, who is being investigated by police over charges of intimidation, has yet to be made known.

Controversial Ehlanzeni district Cope chairperson and former provincial ANCYL leader James Nkambule laid charges of intimidation against Mabuza at the Barberton police station on June 28.

In a statement to the police Nkambule claimed Mabuza sent him an SMS threatening him and his family. Sowetan is also in possession of the SMS.

But nearly 15 days later the police said they couldn't charge or arrest Mabuza because he is "our political leader".

They are also waiting for a final decision from the director of public prosecutions (DPP) on whether or not to prosecute Mabuza.

A senior Mpumalanga police investigations officer close to the case, who wished not to be named, said "Mabuza is untouchable".

"The premier is our political leader, we can't just wake up in the morning and arrest him."

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said Mabuza's arrest depended on the outcome of police investigations and the decision by the DPP on whether to prosecute or not.

He again refused talk about the contents of the SMS in question, saying it would form part of the investigations.

The SMS accuses Nkambule of failing to take calls from him and warns that his daughter would be the first casualty.

"So now the mighty James can't take my calls, I am always 10 ten steps ahead.

"Cope has cut u (sic) out. Ur (sic) precious daughter is the first casualty, soon u won't have food, medicine," says the SMS.


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