- Ward 22 Councillor in Mabopane Tshepo Motaung's death has sent shockwaves across Mzansi as he was gunned down
- The politician was killed in a hail of bullets after his vehicle was cornered by two others packed with armed assailants
- South Africans have been using social media to share their heartfelt condolences with the friends, family and loved ones of Motaung
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PRETORIA - The ANC in Gauteng is mourning the murder of yet another councillor, Tshepo Motaung. Motaung was allegedly killed execution-style just before the weekend and his death was supposedly politically-motivated.
Reports have revealed that Motaung's killing could possibly be connected to the ruling party's candidate selections for councillor positions. Motaung was murdered in the Mabopane township. The deceased politician was reportedly driving home from a meeting with his nephew and uncle.
The armed assailants are said to have arrived in two separate vehicles to carry out the attack on the Ward 22 councillor's car with heavy fire. The three people in the vehicle, including Motaung, ran from the car but the councillor was trapped before being brutally murdered.
According to IOL, Motaung was found with approximately 20 bullet hole wounds to his body. The report explained that two of the assailants shot at Motaung while the others riddled his vehicle with bullets.
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The ward councillor's uncle was also injured in the ambush and was rushed to the nearest healthcare facility for treatment. Motaung's nephew managed to leave the scene uninjured and safe.
The South African reported that spokesperson in the area for the ruling party, Bafuze Yabo, declined to respond to questions on whether or not Motaung's murder was politically motivated but revealed that he did not think the Ward 22 councillor's life had been under duress.
Condolences for the deceased ward councillor are still rolling in
"This criminal enterprise needs to take a break, five years, and allow other bloodless parties to intervene. Rest in Peace Tshepo Motaung."
Free State ANC member killed in shooing ahead of local elections
Previously, Briefly News reported that the ANC confirmed that one of its members in the Free State was shot and killed. The police launched an investigation and at that point, the slaying had been put down to general criminality that plagues the area. New information has since dismissed this theory.
According to SABC News, the deceased ANC member had been involved in incidents of infighting in the ward over nominations for candidates. The local elections are due to be held on 1 November and many fear that political violence could erupt.
KwaZulu-Natal is an area of concern as the province has a history of political violence.
Bheki Cele expected to visit Inanda in KZN after 3 women killed in shooting
It is understood that Cele will be briefed on the murders after the trio were gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside Buhlebethu Primary School during an African National Congress (ANC) meeting.
Five other people were injured during the shooting incident and taken to hospital. EWN reported earlier that one of the survivors said now she fears for her life after doctors failed to remove a bullet lodged in her body.