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Man arrested for making death threats against gvt officials to apply for bail

Nov 23, 2017
Man arrested for making death threats against gvt officials to apply for bail

A 40-year-old man from Mdantsane, East London, who was arrested on Friday last week for allegedly making death threats against senior government officials and municipal councillors, is again expected to appear before the East London Magistrate's Court on Thursday for a formal bail application.

The man, now identified as Sithembele April, made his initial appearance before the same court on Monday when the case was postponed to Thursday.

Allegations are that he called several senior public officials, whose names have not been disclosed, and threatened them with death.

"In addition, he will also face charges of making allegations regarding a hit on a senior government official and a politician," said Hawks spokeperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"The stalking and the death threats have been happening for almost a year and this were reported recently to the Hawks Eastern Cape serious organised crime task team. "

He added; "Investigations are still continuing as it is believed that he has other cases pending against him."