Alleged coup plotter Elvis Ramosebudi

Johannesburg – The man accused of allegedly plotting to assassinate senior South African government officials perceived as beneficiaries of state capture, including members of cabinet, appeared briefly at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The matter was postponed to August 4 for the state to disclose the contents of the docket.

Elvis Ramosebudi was arrested on April 26 after investigators intercepted communication of possible assassinations which were being planned. As many as 19 people were allegedly targeted.

The 33-year-old man was arrested in Midrand while he was busy explaining to "funders" how the assassination of state capture beneficiaries was going to be carried out by a coup plot sniper.

He is accused of of heading two organisations, The Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance and the White Monopoly Capitalist Regime. 

He allegedly sent a letter to different businesses asking for funding for the coup attempt.

Part of the plan was allegedly to murder his targets in their homes, making the attacks appear like house robberies.

During a meeting with undercover police, Ramosebudi said he had a sniper rifle and food poison to assassinate those on the hit list. The money requested would be utilised for logistics and remuneration.

Some of the names on the list included President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzani, members of the controversial Gupta family, former Eskom boss Brian Molefe, South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni, former Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane, Head of the National Prosecuting Authority Shaun Abrahams and Minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs Des Van Rooyen. 

African News Agency