Cope worried by 'assassination threat'

Mosioua Lekota spoke to the Police Minister about an assassination threat to a party member.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota on Friday said he has asked the Minister of Police to urgently provide security for the party's KwaZulu-Natal secretary.

This after he received information he would be murdered in a political hit.

Lekota claimed the party received information that the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) in the province resolved to murder Bheki Khusi.

He publically criticised the organisation following violence at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

Khusi's brother-in-law and ANC regional executive committee member Wandile Mkhize was assassinated in province on June 30.

He was gunned down outside his home in Manaba, Margate.

His friend Nhlakanipho Shabane died from his injuries.

Khusi said he believed his life is in danger.

He said someone came to his shop and asked an employee about his daily schedule.

Lekota said he spoke to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about the issue on Friday.

"If his life should be harmed, fingers will have to be pointed in the direction of both the ruling party and the MKMVA."

Meanwhile, MKMVA Chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said the organisation was not a hit squad.

"We wouldn't stoop so low."

He said Mthethwa should look into the allegation.