Seventh man held for ANC man’s death

Johannesburg - A seventh suspect has been arrested for the murder of ANC North West official Obuti Chika, the Hawks said on Friday.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the 38-year-old man was arrested on Thursday in Johannesburg.

“After a raid at his home, he led us to Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal, where the suspected murder weapon was found,” said Ramaloko.

“We suspect that he pulled the trigger 1/8that killed Chika 3/8”.

The man, who has since been identified as Sihlangu Sekhakhane, appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Friday, where he faced a charge of murder.

“The case was postponed to February 27, when he will join the other six suspects for a bail application,” said Ramaloko.

The other accused are community member Jeffrey Letuka, 28, North West provincial ANC Youth League chairman Papiki Baboile, 27, ward secretary Paul Molomonyane, 33, councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi, 50, municipal worker William Malefo, 46, and taxi driver Kgotso Kali, 36.

They were all arrested earlier this month.

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

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