Al­leged coup plot­ter, would-be killer in dock

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THE MAN ac­cused of plot­ting to as­sas­si­nate se­nior South African govern­ment of­fi­cials per­ceived as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of state cap­ture, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the cabi­net, ap­peared briefly in the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

The case was post­poned to Au­gust 4 for the State to dis­close the con­tents of the docket.

Elvis Ramose­budi was ar­rested on April 26 after in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­ter­cepted com­mu­ni­ca­tion of pos­si­ble as­sas­si­na­tions which were be­ing planned. As many as 19 people were al­legedly tar­geted.

The 33-year-old ac­cused was ar­rested in Midrand while he was busy ex­plain­ing to “fun­ders” how the as­sas­si­na­tion of state cap­ture ben­e­fi­cia­ries was go­ing to be car­ried out by a coup plot sniper.

He is ac­cused of head­ing two or­gan­i­sa­tions, the Anti-State Cap­ture Death Squad Al­liance and the White Mo­nop­oly Cap­i­tal­ist Regime.

He al­legedly sent a let­ter to var­i­ous busi­nesses ask­ing for fund­ing for the coup at­tempt.

Part of the plan was al­legedly to mur­der his tar­gets in their homes, mak­ing the at­tacks ap­pear like house rob­beries.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with un­der­cover po­lice, Ramose­budi said he had a sniper ri­fle and food poi­son to as­sas­si­nate those on the hitlist. The money re­quested would be utilised for lo­gis­tics and re­mu­ner­a­tion.

Names on the list in­cluded Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his son Duduzane, mem­bers of the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily, for­mer Eskom boss Brian Molefe, South African Air­ways board chair­per­son Dudu Myeni, for­mer Eskom chair­per­son Ben Ngubane, head of the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity Shaun Abra­hams and Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Des van Rooyen. – ANA

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