Alleged coup plotter to spend weekend behind bars

Elvis Ramosebudi appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates' Court. He is accused of a plot to kill State capture beneficiaries.

 

The man accused of plotting the assasination of senior government officials who were beneficiaries of the Gupta brothers, appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on 28 April.

State prosecutor King Masemola told the court that the accused, Elvis Ramosebudi, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He pointed out that the accused allegedly planned to kill the ‘Gupta beneficiaries’.

Masemola said the State will be opposing bail for further investigations.

Magistrate Vincent Ratshibvumo postponed the case to 2 May to allow Ramosebudi to apply for legal aid. Ramosebudi told the court that he is unemployed and said he could not recall if he was ever admitted to a hospital for mental health reasons.

The State recommended that Ramosebudi be sent for psychiatric evaluation as certain aspects of the crime he allegedly planned to commit were not ‘normal’.

The State also told the court that Ramosebudi used his own personal banking details to solicit donations. Anglo American was named as one of the companies that Ramosebudi approached for donations.

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