Coup plotter accused named in court

The man accused of plotting to kill 19 people, including Cabinet members, has been identified as 33-year-old Elvis Ramosebudi, says EWN reporter Mia Lindeque.

Ramosebudi appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate Court earlier on Friday.

He faces conspiracy to commit murder charges.

The State has indicated that it will bring an application asking the court for the accused be sent for psychiatric observation.

The names of those on the alleged hit list have not been revealed.

The case has been postponed to next week Tuesday.

Gareth Newham from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) comments on the statement released by the Hawks on Wednesday, which referred to the 'Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance' and the 'Anti-White Monopoly Capitalist Regime'.

It was curious that they released this poorly written communication to the media on Wednesday evening, a day before a public holiday.

Gareth Newham, ISS

He adds that the Hawks statement implies these are real organisations consisting of people who want to murder others.

It sounds completely absurd.

Gareth Newham, ISS

Authentic assassins are unlikely to write to businesses asking for funding and even include their own bank account details, suggests Newham.

He says the suspect sounds like an amateur with possible mental health issues and questions why the Hawks have made such a big issue of this.

There have been so many fake reports and news muddying the waters around key issues facing the country, and the state security agencies seem to be in the thick of it, says Newham, thereby undermining the credibility of these institutions.

Take a listen:

Read More
Mass grave for Somalia's bomb attack victims

Mass grave for Somalia's bomb attack victims

Although President Mohamed has been adamant that it's the works of Al-Shabaab, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eskom parliamentary inquiry kicks off but witness list remains under wraps

Eskom parliamentary inquiry kicks off but witness list remains under wraps

Members of Parliament (MPs) are hearing from the State Capacity Research Project.

Mosego Home (where 7 Life Esidimeni patients died) remains fully operational

Mosego Home (where 7 Life Esidimeni patients died) remains fully operational

The department says the NGO was audited, found to be providing 'faithful patient care' and was fully licensed.

McKinsey wishes it had done things differently - Gia Nicolaides

McKinsey wishes it had done things differently - Gia Nicolaides

McKinsey & Company announced on Tuesday that it had suspended all work for state-owned companies until further notice.

'A perception that new SABC board head is very close to President Jacob Zuma'

'A perception that new SABC board head is very close to President Jacob Zuma'

Media activist Kate Skinner analyses the board, with Bongumusa Makhathini now as chair and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule as his deputy.

LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

LISTEN: Gerrie Nel on why he's persuing prosecution against Duduzane Zuma

AfriForum will prosecute Duduzane Zuma after NPA declined to do so in 2015 following a 2014 accident where a woman died.

Popular articles
Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

People do some very interesting things for a living, but some job titles are given more credit than others.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?