A man who claimed to be a state undercover agent with inside knowledge of a supposed assassination plot against President Jacob Zuma has been arrested. The man who is believed to be behind a bogus email which claimed that the life of President Jacob Zuma was in danger was arrested by the HAWKS.
He allegedly contacted several senior government leaders and claimed there was a plot to kill the president using luxury BMW seats lined with poison.
Reports allegedly said the 26-year-old Ernest Nkosi sent the emails to the spokesperson of the Minister of Police‚ the spokesperson of the Gauteng Provincial Government‚ the Crime Intelligence Divisional Commissioner as well as car dealership BMW South Africa‚ claiming that President Zuma’s life is under threat.
Nkosi was apprehended inside a library in Sharpeville after the HAWKS swung into action following the gravity of Nkosi’s claims.
Confirming the incidence, the HAWKS spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said,
“Nkosi wrote in his e-mails that there was a vehicle whose seat was poisoned and that the poison was aimed at the state president.”
“He further claimed that members of the SAPS VIP Protection Unit‚ members of the Hawks‚ as well as certain ministers and parliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill President Zuma.”
“As if that was not enough, the man continued to send threatening SMS to prominent individuals including high-profile officials in various departments‚ with the latest victim being the Chief of Defence Intelligence.”
Meanwhile, the young man appeared in court on Monday. He stood trial for contravening the Section 26(1)(a) of the Intelligence Services Act‚ impersonating a State Security Agency official in that he called himself Dr Ernrst Nkosi‚ an SSA undercover agent.
Nkosi was also charged for fraud for using a cellphone number RICA’d under another person’s name. As funny as it seems, the dude was referred to a psychiatrist at Weskoppies Hospital in Pretoria.
He would be standing in the dock again on 7th March 2016.
We will recall that in 2014, IOL reported that the Bloemfontein High Court court sentenced two members of a conservative group convicted of high treason for plotting to kill President Jacob Zuma to eight years in prison. The judgement was confirmed by state prosecutors.
The men were arrested in the central Free State province in December 2012 on suspicion of targeting top African National Congress leaders including Zuma during the party’s conference.
Speaking, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said the High Court convicted Johan Prinsloo of “high treason and possession of ammunition” and jailed him for eight years. His co-accused Mark Trollip pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy and was also jailed for eight-year jail term.
A third defendant, Martin Keevy, was not mentally fit to stand trial and as such, charges leveled against him were withdrawn.
Charges against the party leader and the fourth defendant Hein Boonzaaier were dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to NPA ‘s Mncube.