Hawks arrest man for sending false Zuma assassination emails


The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Unit, otherwise known as the Hawks, have confirmed the arrest of a 26-year old man in connection with false email claiming that high ranking officials were planning to assassinate President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Ernest Nkosi allegedly emailed the spokesperson for Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, the Gauteng provincial government, Crime Intelligence Divisional Commander and a BMW dealership, claiming that a seat inside a vehicle has been poisoned.

“He further claimed that members of the police’s VIP protection unit, members of the Hawks, as well as certain minister and parliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill president Zuma,” Mulaudzi said.

“As if that was not enough, the man continued to send threatening SMS’ to prominent individuals including high profile officials in various departments, with the latest victim being the Chief of Defence Intelligence”.

Mulaudzi said Nkosi was eventually tracked down and arrested inside library in Sharpeville, before being transferred to a psychiatrist at Pretoria’s Weskoppies Hospital.

Nkosi appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday where he was charged with contravening the Intelligence Services Act, using a cellphone registered under a different name, and impersonating a State Security Agency (SSA) official, after alleging to be a SSA undercover agent. He is expected to appear in court again on March 7th.