Murder charges dropped against Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba

He was charged in connection with the 2016 assassination of ANC Youth League Leader Wandile Ngobeni.

Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba. Picture: Newcastle Municipality/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Murder charges against Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba have been withdrawn.

He was charged in connection with the 2016 assassination of ANC Youth League Leader Wandile Ngobeni.

Mahlaba was placed on special leave by KwaZulu-Natal ANC leaders in June along with now-fired eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.

The State revealed at the Madadeni Magistrates Court on Thursday that it did not have enough evidence to prosecute Mahlaba, resulting in the case being struck off the roll.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said Mahlaba would resume his duties as Newcastle mayor now that he has been cleared of the murder charges.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu said: “Now we want the mayor to come back and focus on his work because the municipality that he leads is one those experiencing some challenges.”