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SACP leader’s murder case postponed for six months

It will take six months before members of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga can hear what happened to their late comrade Bomber Ntshangase.

Ntshangase was killed in Bethal on May 4 2010, in what his comrades have been calling a political assassination for more than five years now.

Two high profile people have been arrested in connection with his death.

The accused, Ezekiel Sihlali (38) and Zakhele Mzobe (54), were not asked to plead to charges of murder when they appeared in the Delmas High Court on Monday.

The court postponed the matter to August 1 to allow the accused an opportunity to get legal representatives.

“The suspects, Sihlali, who is a suspended head of the department of health and community services, and suspended housing manager, Mzobe, where arrested after the killing,” said provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe on Tuesday.

SACP provincial spokesperson Nomsa Keninda said that all members of the party wanted to know what happened to their late comrade.

“We gathered in support of our late member of Mpumalanga SACP. He was a fearless fighter and outspoken on issues affecting the working class and the poor, his track-record of consistent activism in the party leave us with no doubt that he was a committed communist,” said Keninda.

Keninda said Ntshangase was a long serving member of the SACP and served in its provincial executive committee and district executive committee.

“We suspect he is one of the victims of anger from tenderpreneurs as a result of our campaign on fighting against corruption, especially in our province. The killing Ntshangase will never intimidate communists in their fight against corruption,” said Keninda.

The two accused have been remanded in custody.

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