Former Mkhondo Local Municipality Mayor Vusi Motha Arrested

Former Mkhondo local municipality mayor Vusi Motha has been arrested and taken to court for the murder of an ANC councilor.

Recall the ambush of 36-year-old councilor Sibonelo Ntshangase, 51-year-old Sandile Khumalo, and 40-year-old Sizwe Mbingo at Longhomes township outside Mkhondo. On Tuesday, 17 January, the Mkhondo Local Municipality Mayor Vusi Motha was taken into custody regarding their murders.

Motha has been accused alongside Sifiso Sangweni and made to appear at the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court. Mpumalanga police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said the former mayor and Sangweni are facing charges related to various criminal activities.

“The first suspect, Motha, has been charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. Sangweni has been charged for allegedly breaching the Private Security Regulations Act and the Firearms Control Act.” He stated that the police suspects that they supplied the guns used to kill Ntshangase and two others. “We are just waiting for the ballistics results to confirm our suspicions.”

They will remain in custody until they return to court next Tuesday.

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