Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba is in police custody, after being arrested during the course of today, March 22.
Cllr Mahlaba has allegedly been linked to the attempted murder of ANCYL leader, Mafika Ndamane. He has also been linked to the murder of the former eMalahleni ANCYL youth league leader Wandile Ngoeini.
The shocking arrest comes after Mahalba, the current chair of the eMalaleni region, took the chair of mayor after former mayor Makhosini Nkosi resigned due to alleged death threats.
Social media is currently ablaze and a video was taken of a police task team taking him into custody.
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Watch a video of the arrest, as posted on social media by Samkele Maseko:
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