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News24.com | Man arrested for bogus email about plot to assassinate Zuma

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Pretoria - A man has been arrested for allegedly circulatingan email claiming high ranking officials and politicians wanted to assassinatePresident Jacob Zuma, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

"The Hawks have arrested a

man who is believed to bebehind the email which claimed that the life of the President Jacob Zuma was indanger," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Mulaudzi said Ernest Nkosi, 26, allegedly sent the emails tothe spokesperson of the minister of police, the spokesperson of the Gautenggovernment, the Crime Intelligence Divisional Commissioner, as well as car dealershipBMW South Africa.

"Nkosi wrote in his emails that there was a vehiclewhose seat was poisoned and that the poison was aimed at the state president.

"He further claimed that members of the SAPS VIPProtection Unit, members of the Hawks, as well as certain ministers andparliamentarians were involved in the plot to kill President Zuma," saidMulaudzi.

Nkosi also allegedly sent threatening SMSes to prominentindividuals, including high profile officials in various departments, with thelatest victim being the chief of defence intelligence.

"The Hawks took the threats very seriously and aninvestigation was launched and Nkosi was arrested inside a library inSharpeville," Mulaudzi said.

"Nkosi appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate's Courton Monday and was referred to a psychiatrist at Weskoppies Hospital in PretoriaWest."

Nkosi was charged with Contravening Section 26(1)(a) of theIntelligence Services Act. He allegedly impersonated a State Security Agencyofficial and called himself Dr Ernest Nkosi.

He was also charged with fraud for using a cellphone numberRICA'd under another person's name.

Nkosi would be back in court again on March 7.

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