North West MEC Dodovu to appear in court

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pretoria - North West MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, China Dodovu, is expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court this morning for a bail application.

Dodovu was arrested during a Provincial Executive Council meeting on Monday in connection with the murder case of ANC Regional Secretary in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, Obuti Chika.

Chika, 33, was shot at point-blank range in the driveway of his home in Alabama, Klerksdorp, on 14 December.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko, who confirmed the arrest, said the police were charging Dodovu with conspiracy to commit murder.

He said seven other suspects in the case will appear in court on Wednesday, also for bail application.

North West Premier Thandi Modise and the Executive Council have appealed for communities to allow the law to take its course and for justice to be done for the Chika family to find closure.

“While we note the arrest and hope that justice will be done, we also believe that every suspect is innocent until proven guilty by a responsible court of law. It is on this basis that we support further and intensive investigation into the matter. We believe that MEC Dodovu will cooperate with the investigation,” said Modise.

Finance MEC Paul Sebegoe has been appointed as acting MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs in Dodovu’s absence. -