Eight men accused of the murder of ANC North West official Obuti Chikwa appeared in Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for their bail application, which was postponed to March 4 and 5.
Chika was shot in his driveway at point-blank range in Alabama, Klerksdorp, on December 14. He died later while in hospital.
The men who appeared in court included local government MEC China Dodovu, community member Jeffrey Letuka, North West provincial ANC Youth League chairman Papiki Baboile, Sihlangu Sekhakhane (who is suspected of being the shooter), ward secretary Paul Molomonyane, councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi, taxi driver Kgotso Kali, and municipal worker William Malefo.
The SA Communist Party (SACP) told Sapa that it was shocked that Dodovu had been arrested for the murder. Dodovu serves as the MEC for local government and traditional affairs in the North West province.
The SACP added, “It is deeply regrettable that the name of the people’s movement – the ANC – is being associated with such regressive and appalling events. Political assassinations have no place in the 100-year-old people’s movement.”