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.

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