Suspect arrested for fake Zuma assassination emails back in court

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 7, 2016

The man who allegedly sent a number of fake emails to high ranking government officials, warning of an assassination attempt on President Jacob Zuma, is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Last month, the Hawks arrested Ernest Nkosi at a library in Sharpeville after he was discovered as having been responsible for forwarding emails to the spokesperson of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, the Gauteng provincial government, Crime Intelligence Divisional Commander and a BMW dealership, alleging that a seat inside a vehicle to be used by Zuma, had been poisoned.

He also claimed that members of the presidential VIP protection service, police, Hawks and cabinet ministers were behind the plot to kill Zuma.

“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,” Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said at the time.

Nkosi made his first court appearance on February 22th on charges of contravening the Intelligence Services Act, using a cellphone registered under a different name, and impersonating a State Security Agency (SSA) official, after claiming to be a SSA undercover agent.