Mzwakhe Mbuli, better known as the ‘People's Poet’, has reportedly been linked to a petro-bombing incident in which the house of his ex-wife’s lawyer was burned down in 2012.
According to the Sunday World, reliable sources within the Mondeor police force claim that Mbuli will soon undergo questioning about the arson attack on lawyer Zweli Zakwe’s house in July last year, this after new evidence emerged which ties the poet to threatening messages sent prior to the incident.
Zakwe reportedly received various messages, one of which read: “You dog, you are representing a witch, the Taliban will deal with you. Your children and wife are not safe.”
Mbuli who, according to an anonymous “close friend” of his, often refers to the Taliban in conversation, also accused his ex-wife, Thembeka Ndaba, of “being a witch” when their relationship took a turn for the worse late in 2011.
Mbuli was convicted for armed robbery and possession of a hand grenade in 1999 and held at the Leeuwkop Maximum Security Prison until his release November 2003. He has consistently pleaded not-guilty to these crimes, insisting that that he was framed by the government for speaking out against corruption.