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Double murder accused in East London cash-for-jobs scam expected to apply for bail

Aug 28, 2017
Double murder accused in East London cash-for-jobs scam expected to apply for bail

The husband of a Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality ward councillor, Mabuto Matiwane, who is accused of shooting dead two elderly women apparently after a cash-for-jobs scam went bad, is expected of apply for bail in the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday. 

It is alleged that his wife, a African National Congress (ANC) Ward Councillor in Ward 13, Nokulunga Matiwane, facilitated job for a woman, which pays R3 700 a month and made her to pay a bribe of R2 000 to the councillor monthly.

The councillor’s husband allegedly shot the woman and another one, Bulelwa Mpitipiti and Nomboniso Twana, when they defaulted in paying the monthly bribe on Tuesday last week.

One woman, Twana, survived the shooting inicident and was taken to Frere Hospital where she later succumbed to her wounds, but not before she gave police valuable information that led to the arrest of Matiwane.

On Thursday, as he made his first court appearance, angry Dice residents went to his home and torched the couple's house and cars.

Unfortunately, the Matiwane's disabled child was in house, when it was torched and did not make it out.

Noone has yet been arrested.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Buffalo City Region on Thursday appealed for action against the Ward Councillor.

"The SACP condemns this hilarious act of greed and criminality with the strongest contempt it deserves. The SACP is on record having raised that the ANC candidate list process of 2016 in Buffalo City was handled in a factional manner, which imposed thugs and thieves on communities at the expense of genuine leaders of the ANC," said Ludwe Mnweba, SACP Buffalo City Region Spokesperson.

"The people are subjected to being led by corrupt people and criminals who are now acting atrociously upon them. This is what politics of rent-seeking, factionalism, tender cannibalism and gate-keeping are subjecting the people to.

"It is incumbent upon the ANC to act NOW against the councillor regardless of which faction she might belong to.

"We are calling upon both the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and the Department of Public Works to act with speed in investigating these serious allegations."