No promised land for Supra hit whis­tle-blower

The Sunday Independent - - Front Page - LOYISO SIDIMBA AND BALD­WIN NDABA

THE SANGOMA who ex­posed the plot to as­sas­si­nate Supra Mahumapelo fears for his life af­ter claims emerged that ANC big­wigs ap­par­ently re­ceived R16 mil­lion to help find a por­tion of land to set­tle on af­ter he was taken out of the wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gramme.

Tshanako Tshukudu is em­broiled in a bit­ter fight with mem­bers of the ANC North West pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) over the gov­ern­ing party’s fail­ure to ful­fil prom­ises made to him.

This week Tshukudu re­counted his frus­tra­tion over the loss he suf­fered fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion to in­form the po­lice of jailed for­mer ANC coun­cil­lor Ga­a­site Le­galat­ladi’s plot to have Mahumapelo mur­dered in De­cem­ber 2014.

Le­galat­ladi had ap­proached Tshukudu in Mmase­bud­ule, near Zeerust, to as­sist her with killing the ANC North West pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, as well as for­mer Mahikeng mayor Gosi­ame Seatl­holo be­cause she wanted to be pro­moted. Tshukudu re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and Le­galat­ladi was caught on video, which led to her ar­rest.

It later emerged in court that Le­galat­ladi also wanted to kill Ngaka Modiri Molema district mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor Tshepo Makolo­makwa and the late Mahikeng coun­cil­lor Pontsho Ta­bane.

This week, Tshukudu told The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent that he wanted the prop­erty and live­stock he had be­fore he was put into the wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gramme in which he spent three years.

”I want them to re­place my be­long­ings. I am strug­gling. I don’t have a home,” com­plained Tshukudu.

He said he feared for his life as there were peo­ple spread­ing ru­mours that he had R16m.

”My life is in dan­ger for do­ing the right thing. They must keep their prom­ises, that’s all I want,” said Tshukudu.

When Tshukudu left his home he had 25 cows, 47 goats and 55 sheep. “I was mak­ing R100 000 a month. I should be hav­ing 100 cows right now,” he said.

Dur­ing his time in the wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gramme, Tshukudu’s home in Mmase­bud­ule was de­stroyed and burnt down, and his live­stock, gen­er­a­tor and so­lar sys­tem stolen. ”My party failed to ful­fil their prom­ises of look­ing af­ter my chil­dren while I was away,” Tshukudu said in a let­ter sent to ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule this week in which he com­plained about the party’s bro­ken prom­ises.

“My chil­dren are suf­fer­ing I don’t even have money to sup­port them.”

In the let­ter, he said when Le­galat­ladi first ap­proached him, he went to re­port the mat­ter to the Hawks with ANC PEC mem­ber Don­ald Mosikare.

”The day the Hawks ar­rested that woman (Le­galat­ladi) I was with Mosikare, Ta­bane and Makolo­makwa.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tshukudu, Mosikare phoned Mahumapelo and ANC PEC mem­ber and agri­cul­ture MEC Man­ketsi Tl­hape to in­form them that the Hawks op­er­a­tion to ar­rest Le­galat­ladi went well.

In Oc­to­ber, the Le­hu­rut­she Mag­is­trate’s Court sen­tenced Le­galat­ladi to five years’ im­pris­on­ment for plot­ting to kill Mahumapelo.

Af­ter con­clud­ing his testimony in June last year, Tshukudu was un­will­ing to re­turn to Mmase­bud­ule fear­ing for his safety. In his let­ter to Ma­gashule, Tshukudu said Mosikare told him to find a por­tion of land, and that the ANC would buy it for him.

”I have been pa­tient for six full months. I’m ask­ing for your in­ter­ven­tion in this mat­ter and I’m just giv­ing you seven days to sort my prob­lem,” Tshukudu told Ma­gashule.

Mahumapelo, Mosikare and act­ing ANC North West pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Su­san Dan­tjie did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Last month, the ANC in the North West dis­missed re­ports that the lat­est plot to kill Mahumapelo was fake, claim­ing it was an at­tempt by those on an “anti-Supra coali­tion cru­sade” to di­vert the at­ten­tion of law en­force­ment agen­cies from find­ing pos­si­ble plot­ters.

The ANC said a court had al­ready found two peo­ple who made an at­tempt on Mahumapelo’s life guity.

This fol­lowed the open­ing of a case of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der at the Mahikeng po­lice sta­tion. The new plot al­legedly in­volved the hir­ing of hit­men who were al­ready paid R250 000 and were to be paid a bal­ance af­ter killing Mahumapelo.

The na­tional government placed all North West pro­vin­cial de­part­ments un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion fol­low­ing wide­spread protests de­mand­ing that Mahumapelo step down and cor­rup­tion be in­ves­ti­gated.

Cosatu’s big­gest af­fil­i­ate Ne­hawu started an anti-cor­rup­tion drive to high­light graft in the pro­vin­cial Health Depart­ment in­clud­ing pay­ing a R30m ad­vance to a Gupta-linked com­pany Me­diosa for mo­bile clin­ics with­out go­ing to ten­der.

Mean­while, the DA in the prov­ince has lodged a Pro­mo­tion of Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act (PAIA) in a bid to force Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to dis­close his rea­sons to “fire” Mahumapelo.

Yes­ter­day, DA North West leader Joe Mcgluwa said their ap­pli­ca­tion was prompted by the al­leged fail­ure of Ramaphosa’s In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Task Team (IMTT) to dis­close their re­port about the state of North West.

Ramaphosa es­tab­lished the IMTT fol­low­ing vi­o­lent protests in the prov­ince, col­lapse of health sys­tem in­clud­ing re­ported deaths of pa­tients due to strike ac­tion by Ne­hawu and lack of school­ing in some parts of the prov­ince.

The DA said the team, led by Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, had to date shown lit­tle in­ter­est in shar­ing its long-awaited find­ings of what has tran­spired in the prov­ince. Ac­cord­ing to Mcgluwa, Dlamini Zuma was in the prov­ince on Thurs­day but failed to give mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture a glimpse of her re­port.

“The task team’s meet­ing with the mem­bers of the North West leg­is­la­ture on Thurs­day was its very first en­gage­ment with key pro­vin­cial stake­hold­ers since its ap­point­ment in April.

“Be­cause of their un­will­ing­ness to make known their find­ings, the DA has lodged a PAIA ap­pli­ca­tion to gain ac­cess to the re­port and to sub­se­quently hold the task team ac­count­able to ad­dress the re­port’s find­ings.

“The fact is that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the IMTT as well as their undis­closed re­port has done very lit­tle to bring or­der to the prov­ince,” Mcgluwa said.

He said the fact was that as long as the prov­ince had no pre­mier and as long as Mahumapelo was “still in an ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion, the prov­ince’s deep-rooted prob­lems will not be solved”.

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