- Messages of condolences are pouring in for former Tshwane ANC deputy chairperson Mapiti Matsena
- Matsena was attacked on Wednesday night by an unknown suspect and stabbed in the chest
- Police responded to the scene and called paramedics who declared him dead after attempts to save his life failed
Former Tshwane ANC deputy chairperson Mapiti Matsena has died after he was stabbed in the chest by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night at his house in Doornpoort.
The 54-year-old Matsena was the chairperson of the Community Safety Portfolio Committee under the Gauteng legislature at the time of his untimely death. SAPS officers from Sinoville police station responded to the scene at about 10:52pm, according to a police statement.
The police said they upon their arrival, they found Matsena deceased on the floor in the main bedroom. Paramedics were called to the scene and declared him dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed.
IOL reported that the police said the deceased went to the bathroom when the suspect gained entry through an unlocked glass door.
Police said the suspect allegedly covered the deceased's wife with a blanket during the incident. The police added that:
"The wife ran out and called her son, Mokwele Matsena, from the other house on the premises who witnessed the fight and saw the suspect stab his father with an unknown object in the chest."
The suspect jumped the wall in front of the house on the south-western side, police said.
Tributes have been pouring in since Thursday morning following the news about his passing as many took to social media to express their condolences to his family. The ANC has yet to make an official statement.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Parliament recently heard how the return of the liquor ban could reduce trauma admissions to hosital by 50 000 incidents over eight weeks.
This move is expected to save SA R1.3 billion and help treat around 18 000 Covid-19 patients in general wards alone. Parliament heard how this relief would only be achieved through a total ban on alcohol.
SA Medical Research Council's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit's Professor Charles Parry provided Parliament with an overview of the expected relief this measure is expected to bring in the wake of immense criticism.
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