- The mayor of Collins Chabane municipality Moses Maluleke was shot and killed on Thursday night
- It is believed that three men broke into his home in Limpopo and demanded he hand over money
- The ANC in Limpopo is saddened by his death, however South Africans are upset that only prominent people get first priority from the police
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MALAMALULE - The African National Congress in Limpopo confirmed the death of 56-year-old Moses Maluleke, the mayor of Collins Chabane municipality on Thursday, 21 July.
Maluleke was shot and killed in his home by unidentified assailants in his hometown village, Xikundu, outside Malamulele. Maluleke's 18-year-old son was also attacked by the assailants but survived the ordeal.
According to EWN, the police have confirmed that three gunmen entered Maluleke's house on Thursday night and demanded money. Maluleke and his son refused to give in to their demands and that is when they began firing shots.
National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola reportedly asked Limpopo police commissioner Thembi Hadebe to arrest the assailants as soon as possible and use maximum resources.
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A case of murder and attempted murder is being investigated by the police and a manhunt for the gunmen has been launched, according to SAPS spokesperson Athlenda Mathe. According to eNCA, the police have launched a 72-hour activation plan to find the perpetrators.
ANC mourns the death of Collins Chabane Mayor
Speaking to SABC News, ANC provincial spokesperson Jimmy Machaka stated that the ruling party is saddened by the death of Maluleke. The party has described his untimely death as shocking and disappointing.
The political organisation added that they will be keeping a close eye on the development of the matter and will give further information when they have more details.
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Maluleke was also the deputy secretary of the ANC in Vhembe region and was affectionately known as "Big Moss".
Here's what South Africans had to say about the murder of Maluleke:
"May the police first find out who Maluleke's political foes who are under corruption investigations by the SIU where he was a whistleblower?"
"Rest in peace, cousin, till we meet again."
"My local municipality mayor. This will bring fear to our local leaders."
"So 16 people can be gunned down in Soweto and no 72-hour action plan is launched? Are these 72-hour action plans reserved for politically connected individuals?"
"Why does this get priority over other murders?"
"The country is in chaos, the police got all the resources, but it's unfortunate they can't do their job. Killings every hour. What type of a country is this?"
Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga loses 6 family members in horrific car crash
Briefly News previously reported that a deadly accident on the N11 in KwaZulu-Natal claimed the lives of six members of Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga’s family on Sunday, 17 July. Her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren died in the crash.
The collision is believed to have involved a sedan and a bakkie. Chikunga’s Spokesperson Collen Msibi said the deputy minister hasn't been to identify the remains yet.
According to EWN, more details about the accident will be released once full information is established from local authorities. Msibi said the family is pleading for privacy until the full facts are established.
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