6 in court for ANC official’s murder

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Klerksdorp -

Six men accused of the murder of ANC North West official Obuti Chika appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, the Hawks said.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the matter was postponed to February 27 for bail application.

He said one of the men was arrested on February 14, three were arrested on Saturday, and two others handed themselves over to the police on Monday.

“They were detained. We are confident we have arrested the right people and we hope to make further arrests.”

He said the accused were community member Jeffrey Letuka, 28, North West provincial ANC Youth League chairman Papiki Baboile, ward secretary Paul Molomonyane, 33, councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi, 50, municipal worker William Malefo, 46, and taxi driver Kgotso Kali, 36.

They all faced a charge of premeditated murder and two charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Ramafoko said the arrests made so far were the result of the Hawks' efforts.

“A R200,000 reward is still hanging to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects,” he said.

Chika, 33, was shot at point-blank range in the driveway of his home in Alabama, Klerksdorp, on December 14. He died at the Klerksdorp Hospital shortly after his arrival there.

He was the ANC's regional secretary in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. - Sapa


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