Durban - The Ministry of Police has dismissed as “false and baseless” claims made by supporters of murder accused Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba that former police minister Bheki Cele was behind his prosecution to settle political scores emanating from internal party conflict.
The embattled ANC mayor of Newcastle appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with the murder of Wandile Ngubeni, a regional leader of the ANC Youth League, in 2016.
Another youth league leader, Mafika Mndebele, survived the attack and later blamed it on comrades.
Mahlaba, a medical practitioner who is also a leader in the ANC’s eMalahleni region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, is out on bail of R20 000 after his high-profile arrest in March.
Carrying placards saying, “Cele, the media demagogue, come back to fix your mess”, and in ANC regalia, the supporters inferred that Cele was behind the arrest of Mahlaba, who still professes that he is innocent.