POLICE declined to confirm a Pagad statement that its detained national coordinator Abdus Salaam Ebrahim would appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court today.
“We can only confirm that a 55-year-old man was taken into custody for questioning. We are not going to elaborate,” spokesman FC Van Wyk said.
Ebrahim was arrested at his Lansdowne home on Wednesday, hours after a triple murder and attempted murder in Athlone and has to be brought to court within two court days or be released.
Pagad’s Goolam Allie said its lawyer Tashriq Ahmed had informed the organisation he had been in touch with the investigating officer and that Ebrahim would appear in court today.
“(Ahmed) has advised that the police intend to oppose bail,” said Allie. “We’ve not seen him, but his wife visited him on Wednesday. Abdus Salaam is in good spirits,” Allie said.
In 2002 Ebrahim was acquitted of the 1996 slaying of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie in Salt River.
He was sentenced to four years in jail for public violence for an attack on the Mitchells Plain home of another suspected gang boss, Mogamat Madatt.
In September 2008 he was released on strict parole conditions like 24-hour house arrest, a ban on attending public meetings or speaking to the media.
On August 23 last year Ebrahim and two Pagad members were taken into custody after a man was shot dead in Lotus River. They were released the next day.