The man accused of plotting a coup by mass assassinations of politicians and prominent South Africans is Elvis Ramosebudi.
He made his first appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court shortly before midday on Friday.
TimesLive has obtained a copy of the letter the man allegedly sent to businesses asking for funding for the ‘coup’.
The letter‚ dated 25 October 2016‚ details the so-called assassination plot‚ targets of which would have been President Jacob Zuma‚ his son Duduzane and 17 other high ranking politicians and prominent South Africans.
Under the heading ‘Let’s Help Save South Africa’‚ the letter reads: “President Jacob Zuma and his corrupt state capture syndicate are now seriously undermining our nation cannot and indeed will not succeed in curtailing the people constitutional right to freedom and democracy.”
“It is now in our hands as the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance to request financial assistance and support for the amount of R60-million in order to finance our undercover coup plot mission to assassinate Jacob Zuma and his entire state capture regime‚” it continues.
The letter then provides a Standard Bank account number and also a list of the targets and is signed by the arrested suspect.
The man is accused of heading two counter organisations – The Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance and the Anti-White Monopoly Capitalists Regime.
Meanwhile in an exclusive interview with The Times late on Thursday‚ lawyer for the Gupta family Gert van der Merwe revealed the family had also received a letter‚ allegedly sent by the suspect now in custody‚ asking for R30-million to assassinate former public protector Thuli Madonsela‚ deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as well as then finance minister‚ Nhlanhla Nene.
Van Der Merwe described the contents of the letter to journalists which mirror details of the letter the Hawks allegedly intercepted in October 2016.
“We did not know if it was a joke or not‚” he said.
“But my clients contacted me immediately on receiving the letter and I assisted them to draft a statement which was handed to the police with a request for immediate action to be taken.”
The Hawks on Wednesday announced the arrest of the 33-year-old man‚ who faces among others‚ charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
The case has been postponed to 2 May 2017.