Ace Magashule shrugs as instigators are rounded up

Lungani Zungu

Ace Magashule is not worried as the police cast their net wider for people who stoked the violence and looting that gripped the country last week.

In a short interview, he told Scrolla.Africa that he wasn’t scared.

“I’ve got nothing to worry about. I know I did nothing wrong,” he said.

The suspended ANC secretary-general said he did not know whether his name was on the list of 12 instigators the police were hunting.

Earlier this month, Magashule told Jacob Zuma’s supporters outside the former president’s Nkandla home that some people wanted to intimidate his supporters by arresting him.

“You will see the support that Magashule has when commander-in-chief Zuma tells us what to do,” he said.

Police have arrested five people for instigating last week’s deadly violence after Zuma was arrested for ignoring a court order telling him to appear at the state capture commission of inquiry.

It is not known whether tainted figures like Carl Niehaus were on the police investigators’ list.   

Fikile Mbalula, a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) and transport minister, has repeatedly called for Niehaus to be arrested. 

Mbalula blamed Niehaus for fuelling what he termed civil unrest in the country.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, acting minister in the presidency, said the death toll from the unrest has risen to 276.  

These are the people who have been arrested for instigating violence: 

  • Ngizwe Mchunu, former Ukhozi fm DJ
  • Nhlanhla Henry Nkosi, ANC Youth League in Uthukela
  • Sibusiso Mavuso 
  • Bruce Niemerhout
  • Clearance Tabane

The police refused to comment about other people who were on the list of instigators, saying this would cripple ongoing investigations.

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