Who’s fool­ing who?

CityPress - - Voices -

The news, an­nounced on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, that a man had been ar­rested for plot­ting to kill politi­cians, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and well-known South Africans sent shock waves across the coun­try.

In mak­ing the an­nounce­ment, elite crime­fight­ing unit the Hawks said it had in­ter­cepted com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­lat­ing to pos­si­ble as­sas­si­na­tions which were be­ing planned, after hav­ing con­ducted un­der­cover work in Pre­to­ria and Jo­han­nes­burg since Oc­to­ber 2016.

The re­sult is this work has net­ted a sus­pect, who al­legedly founded a group called the Anti-State Cap­ture Death Squad Al­liance, while he was “busy ex­plain­ing to the donors how the as­sas­si­na­tion of state cap­ture ben­e­fi­cia­ries was go­ing to be car­ried out by the un­der­cover coup plot snipers”.

Six months of un­der­cover work had re­sulted in the Hawks in­ter­cept­ing var­i­ous let­ters, which were sent to se­lected com­pa­nies, ask­ing them to donate R140 mil­lion to fund the al­leged clan­des­tine op­er­a­tion, the Hawks told the na­tion.

Elvis Ramose­budi (33), whom South Africans should be very scared of since he planned to mur­der 19 politi­cians, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and well-known South Africans, ap­peared in court on Fri­day. The coun­try as­sumed that, given that our elite sleuths had in­fil­trated the group since Oc­to­ber, they had dug out much-needed in­for­ma­tion about the big brains be­hind such a heinous act.

Asked if he had been ad­mit­ted to a men­tal hos­pi­tal, our very own Car­los the Jackal told the mag­is­trate that he could not re­call. Ei­ther you were ad­mit­ted or not. But Ramose­budi’s lack of knowl­edge on the mat­ter should have been picked up on by our un­der­cover de­tec­tives who, they say, had in­fil­trated his group for months.

As it turns out, the pros­e­cu­tion want him sent for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion. Per­haps the mag­is­trate should send the in­ves­ti­ga­tors and their bosses there, too.

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