The Minister of Police and the National Police Chief will on Tuesday attend the court appearance of five suspects who were arrested in connection with murder and corruption at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape.
According to Brig. Athlenda Mathe, police spokesperson, the suspects will also stand trial on a charge of attempted murder.
Minister Bheki Cele and gen. Fannie Masemola will attend the court proceedings and address the media afterwards. No further information has been released about the suspects at this stage.
This follows January’s assassination attack on prof. Sakhela Buhlungu in which his bodyguard, Mboneli Vesele, was killed. Peet Roets, the university’s fleet manager, was murdered in May last year.
The university said earlier this year that its executive management and senior staff were increasingly intimidated and threatened with violence as efforts to rid the university of corruption continued.
“We believe that it is precisely the success of the renewal project that intensifies the terror campaign. That is why the council is determined to support the executive management committee and the vice-chancellor in the important cleaning campaign and the rebuilding of the university,” said Bishop Ivan Abrahams, chairman of the university’s council.
Great progress has been made to straighten out the university. Fort Hare got a new council just over two years ago after the university had been under council administration for some time.
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