African National Congress (ANC) NEC member and MP Mathole Motshekga says the embattled ruling party will never habour criminals and corrupt individuals as opposition parties has always insinuated.
Motshekga, who is the justice portfolio committee chair said this at the Johannesburg High Court sitting in Randburg, where he challenged ANCYL leader Patrick Wisani’s right as a member of the party.
He said Wisani was in the wrong organisation in the first place” after he was found guilty of killing his girlfriend in September last year.
Wisani was found guilty of the deadly assault of his intimate partner Nosipho Mandleleni with a sjambokked and broom in Yeoville in September 2015.
“As a society‚ we must protect women and children. I am happy to see solidarity and support for human causes‚” Motshekga said with reference to NGOs and gender rights groups that gathered outside the court to support Mandleleni’s family and take a stand against gender-based violence.
Judge Mohamed Ismail announced that Wisani was found guilty of murder, assault and intimidation. The assault charges were later added earlier this year in May after he allegedly attempted to intimidate Mandleleni’s twin Siphokazi and her friend to discourage them from giving evidence against him in court.
Motshekga’s comment comes at the time two members of the ruling party were called to testify how a North West ANC councillor was plotting to kill premier Supra Mahumapelo.
The case had provincial MEC for Rural‚ Environment and Agricultural Development‚ Manketse Tlhape‚ and Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality mayor Justice Makolomakwa explaining what they overheard on the cellphone about Gaasite Legalatladi’s conspiracy to murder case.
The two ANC prominent officials said a speaker to the Mahikeng local municipality Pontsho Tabane told them at the party’s rally in Mmasebudule village near Zeerust, that there was a plot to kill the premier.
At that rally, there was a traditional healer who Legalatladi allegedly approved in a conspiracy to kill Mahumapelo.
The traditional healer, Thanako Tshukudu‚ who was also the secretary of the ANC branch‚ allegedly called them under the tree to inform them of the plot to assassinate premier.
They said Tshukudu told them that Legalatladi said she wanted him to kill Mahumapelo and Mahikeng mayor Gosiame Seatlholo because Mahumapelo had taken their land and that he was refusing to allow her to become a mayor.
The traditional leader, Tshukudu also said he would use Mahumapelo’s foot prints and mix it with muthi to carry out his job.