Five years in jail for plot to mur­der premier

Le­galat­ladi’s use of healer to try to get rid of ri­val back­fires

Sowetan - - News - By Boi­tumelo Tshehle North West Cor­re­spon­dent

A for­mer ANC coun­cil­lor ac­cused of plot­ting to kill North West premier Supra Mahumapelo was sen­tenced yes­ter­day to five years’ im­pris­on­ment.

Ga­a­site Le­galat­ladi was ar­rested in De­cem­ber 2014 for con­sult­ing a tra­di­tional healer, ask­ing him to help her kill Mahumapelo. The Le­hu­rut­she Mag­is­trate’s Court found her guilty of at­tempted con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and in­cite­ment to com­mit mur­der. Both counts were taken as a com­bined charge. Mag­is­trate Stephen du Toit said ev­i­dence read in court showed that Le­galat­ladi also wanted for­mer Mahikeng lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor Gosi­ame Seatl­holo killed.

She later added the names of two top ANC of­fi­cials to the list – Ngaka Modiri Molema dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor Jus­tice Makolo­makwe and ANC coun­cil­lor Pontsho Ta­bane, who died re­cently.

Some of her vis­its to the tra­di­tional healer were cap­tured on video af­ter the tra­di­tional healer re­ported Le­galat­ladi to the po­lice.

In Le­galat­ladi’s ev­i­dence, she stated that she had po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and that she was nom­i­nated for the post of mayor of Mahikeng. She said the tra­di­tional healer told her she was cursed by Mahumapelo and that the curse must be re­versed.

Du Toit said Le­galat­ladi was a dis­hon­est wit­ness.

“When the ac­cused’s ev­i­dence is con­sid­ered, tak­ing into ac­count the na­ture of the in­con­sis­ten­cies in her as well as the im­prob­a­bil­ity of her ev­i­dence, the only de­duc­tion that can be made is that she is not truth­ful and can­not be be­lieved,” Du Toit said. De­fence ad­vo­cate Piet Pis­to­rius said he in­tended to ap­ply for bail pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal.

Du Toit said that bail can only be en­ter­tained af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to

ap­peal.

/TIRO RAMATLHATSE

For­mer ANC coun­cil­lor Ga­a­site Le­galat­ladi.

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