Obed Shabangu still languishing in jail

Obed Shabangu still languishing in jail
JAILBIRD: Ex-Pixley Ka Seme ANC Chief Whip Obed Shabangu does not look set to see the sun anytime soon. PICTURE BY Facebook

The court is currently not attending to him as the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amersfoort ANC ward councillor and former Pixely ka Seme chief whip Obed Shabangu’s case has been postponed again while he remains in jail, this time postponed over the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has been behind bars since 25 July 2019.

Shabangu was arrested by the police two days after he celebrated Reconciliation Day in 2018 and was released on R50 000 bail. He then got re-arrested on 25 July 2019 after he broke his bail conditions.

He is charged with corruption – accused of selling RDP houses, including one dramatic incident in 2018 that spilled the beans in which he allegedly went to a man’s home to forcefully take his furniture for allegedly not paying him the money of the RDP he has sold to the man.

When the man laid a charge against the taking of his furniture, the EFF discovered the story and found that there were actually more people who allegedly paid money to Shabangu to get RDP homes, against an official list of beneficiaries.

The party laid the charge and on 18 December 2018 Shabangu was arrested.

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The state revoked Shabangu’s bail after a witness reported to officials that he tried to convince her to drop “the serious case that will make him go to jail for many years”.

A warrant of arrest was then issued against the 43-year-old Pixley ka Seme local municipality’s ward 7 councillor.

Shabangu’s case returns to court on 11 June 2020.

(edited by ZK)

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