ANC withdraws membership of murder-accused Philemon Lukhele


The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has withdrawn the membership of murder-accused Philemon Lukhele. 

Lukhele is one of the accused in the murder case of Hillary Gardee. Together with Sipho Nkala and Mduduzi Nkala they were charged with conspiracy for murder, kidnapping, rape, murder, possession of firearm and defeating the ends of justice


The ANC said that its probe shows that Lukhele obtained his membership irregularly and that he is not a South African citizen and cannot hold membership.

This week, Philemon Lukhele was suspended from his duties as manager of the Mpumalanga Chief Whip’s office just days after his court appearance. 

Lukhele will remain behind bars for the next four weeks, and the provincial branch of the ANC has decided to distance itself from the murder-accused.

  • Philemon Lukhele is a 39-year-old ANC member in Mpumalanga. He has been working for the ANC in the province for over 15 years. 
  • Lukhele is popularly known as Mhlabundzima in the political space.
  • He is an ANC Senior Manager in the Office of the Chief Whip in Mpumalanga. 
  • Lukhele was reportedly arrested at his guest house in West Acres and it is believed that this is where Hillary Gardee was killed.
  • His car was also reportedly used to dump the body. 
  • Philemon is an exiled Swazi who is a member of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).
Philemon Lukhele
Sipho Lawrence Mkhatshwa, 39, Philemon Lukhele, 47, and Albert Gama, 52 appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on charges related to the alleged murder of Hillary Gardee. Photo: Twitter/@EFFSouthAfrica

According to the EFF, Lukhele, asked to send condolences to the Gardee family, claiming to know the family personally. 


This week, Sipho Mkhatshwa’s family revealed that he has a history of violently terrorising its members. 

Just before his arrest, Mkhatshwa was served with a protection order because of his violent behaviour towards his family members in Driekoppies, Mpumalanga which includes house breaking. 

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