Five years in jail for plot to murder North West premier Supra Mahumapelo

Former ANC councillor Gaasite Legalatladi.
Former ANC councillor Gaasite Legalatladi.
Image: TIRO RAMATLHATSE

A former ANC councillor accused of plotting to kill North West premier Supra Mahumapelo was sentenced yesterday to five years' imprisonment.

Gaasite Legalatladi was arrested in December 2014 for consulting a traditional healer, asking him to help her kill Mahumapelo.

The Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court found her guilty of attempted conspiracy to commit murder and incitement to commit murder. Both counts were taken as a combined charge.

Magistrate Stephen du Toit said evidence read in court showed that Legalatladi also wanted former Mahikeng local municipality mayor Gosiame Seatlholo killed.

She later added the names of two top ANC officials to the list - Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality mayor Justice Makolomakwe and ANC councillor Pontsho Tabane, who died recently.

Some of her visits to the traditional healer were captured on video after the traditional healer reported Legalatladi to the police.

In Legalatladi's evidence, she stated that she had political ambitions and that she was nominated for the post of mayor of Mahikeng. She said the traditional healer told her she was cursed by Mahumapelo and that the curse must be reversed.

Du Toit said Legalatladi was a dishonest witness.

"When the accused's evidence is considered, taking into account the nature of the inconsistencies in her as well as the improbability of her evidence, the only deduction that can be made is that she is not truthful and cannot be believed," Du Toit said.

Defence advocate Piet Pistorius said he intended to apply for bail pending application for leave to appeal.

Du Toit said that bail can only be entertained after an application for leave to appeal.

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