23 February 2016

South Africa: Man Behind President Zuma's False Murder Plot Arrested

press release

The Hawks have arrested a man who is believed to be behind the email which claimed that the life of the President Jacob Zuma was in danger.

Ernest Nkosi (26) allegedly sent the emails to the spokesperson of the Minister of Police, the spokesperson of the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Crime Intelligence Divisional Commissioner as well as car dealership BMW South Africa, claiming that there was a plot to assassinate President Jacob Zuma.

Nkosi wrote in his emails that there was a vehicle whose seat was poisoned and that the poison was aimed at the state president. He further claimed that members of the SAPS VIP Protection Unit, members of the Hawks, as well as certain minister and parliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill president Zuma.

As if that was not enough the man continued to send threatening smses to prominent individuals including high profile officials in various departments, with the latest victim being the Chief of Defence Intelligence.

The Hawks took the threats very seriously and an investigation was launched and Nkosi was arrested inside a library in Sharpeville. Nkosi appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday (yesterday) and was referred to a psychiatrist at Weskoppies Hospital in Pretoria.

He was charged with Contravening the Section 26(1)(a) of the Intelligence Services Act, Impersonating a State Security Agency official in that he called himself Dr Ernrst Nkosi, an SSA undercover agent. He was also charged for fraud for using a cellphone number RICA'd under another person's name. Nkosi will be back in court again on 7 March 2016.

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