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Thozama Njobe's alleged killer again expected in Fort Beaufort court

Aug 7, 2017
Thozama Njobe's alleged killer again expected in Fort Beaufort court

A man alleged to be the hitman hired to assassinate Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality Speaker, Thozama Njobe, in Fort Beaufort in July is again expected to appear before the Fort Beaufort Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The man, 29-year-old, Mziyanda Ketani, was arrested on the 29th of July by a provincial police task team that was formed by Eastern Cape SAPS to track down Njobe's killers.

He made his first court appearance at the court last week Monday, when the case was postponed to the 7th of August.

Police are still trying to establish the real motive for the murder, but the South Africn Communist Party (SACP) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape claimed that Njobe, who was the African National Congress (ANC) Branch Secretary, was killed for standing in the way of corruption at the municipality.

Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci, said then that police investigations were continuing and detectives were following further leads.

Njobe, who was 43, was shot and killed in an execution style at Fort Beaufort while returning from a Council event on the night of 17 July.

She was rushed to hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape called on law enforcement officials to speedily solve the killing.