ANC concerned with China Doduvu case

The ANC says it will not take action against murder accused China Dodovu until he’s found guilty.

The ANC says it will not take action against North West Local Government MEC China Dodovu until he’s actually found guilty of murder. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANC leaders said on Wednesday they were concerned about the murder trial of the party's North West deputy leader, China Dodovu.

But they said they did not want to take action against him while the allegations had not been proven.

Dodovu, who is also the local government MEC in the province, and several other suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of ANC North West secretary Obuti Chika.

Chika was shot on 14 December in the driveway of his Klerksdorp home in the North West.

Dodovu claims the charges stem from his support for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the party's national elective conference in Mangaung last December.

The ANC on Tuesday said it was waiting for an integrity committee to be set up before they decide whether to suspend Dodovu.

Eyewitness News understands the issue may be on the agenda for the party's national executive meeting due in two weeks time because of the exceptional circumstances of the case.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said anyone found guilty of murder would be expelled immediately from the party.

"The ANC does not condone or support any killings. That is why if anybody is found guilty of murder that person is immediately expelled from the ANC."

At the party's Mangaung conference, members vowed to take urgent action against ANC leaders who face allegations that may bring the party into disrepute, and this case will be the first test of that resolution.

Dodovu is currently out on R20,000 bail.

Others facing a charge of murder include North West provincial ANC Youth League chairperson Papiki Baboile, ward secretary Paul Molomonyane and councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi.