Man behind President's assassination plot expected in court
07 March 2016, 09:36
Pretoria - A man who allegedly circulated an e-mail claiming high ranking officials and politicians wanted to assassinate President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Ernest Nkosi, 26, is said to be the person behind the email which claimed that Zuma’s life was in danger. He allegedly sent the e-mails to the spokesperson of the minister of police, the spokesperson of the Gauteng government, the Crime Intelligence Divisional Commissioner, as well as car dealership BMW South Africa.
At the time of his arrest, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Nkosi wrote in his e-mails 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 ministers and parliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill Zuma.
Nkosi also allegedly sent threatening SMSes to prominent individuals, including high profile officials in various departments, with the latest victim being the chief of defence intelligence.
Nkosi was charged with contravening Section 26(1)(a) of the Intelligence Services Act. He allegedly impersonated a State Security Agency official and called himself Dr Ernest Nkosi. He was also charged with fraud for using a cellphone number RICA'd under another person's name.