Police Launch Probe Into Murder of Gqeberha Tavern Owner in KwaZakhele Shooting, 2 Others Injured

Police Launch Probe Into Murder of Gqeberha Tavern Owner in KwaZakhele Shooting, 2 Others Injured

  • Eastern Cape police have opened a case of murder and double attempted murder after a tavern owner was gunned down
  • The man was a business owner in Gqeberha and was killed on the corners of Daku and Salumntu street
  • A man and a woman were injured during the shootout and are currently in hospital receiving treatment

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. She has devoted her professional life to covering social issues and community news for 13 years, sharing her expertise with different newsrooms like the Citizen Newspaper, African News Network, and Newzroom Afrika. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email trisha.pillay@briefly.co.za with CA in the subject line.

Police are investigating a case of murder in Eastern Cape.
Eastern Cape police are searching for suspects after a tavern owner was shot and killed. Images: GwenGoat and Jacob Wackersun.
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GQEBERHA - Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt following the fatal shooting of a Gqeberha tavern owner.

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Tavern owner shot dead

According to the SABC, the police have identified him as Philasande Jakavula. The 53-year-old, who is a businessman, was found dead in the driver's seat of a taxi.

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Police spokesperson Sandra Janse van Rensburg said:

“Police are investigating a case of murder and double attempted murder. The members stopped and found a man dead with gunshot wounds on the driver's side.
“A woman was found lying next to the Quantum with gunshot wounds. It is further alleged that another male was also shot. Both injured were taken to hospital. At this stage, no further information is available.”

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist in their investigation.

Netizens raise concerns

People across South Africa are concerned with the growing trend of violence and murder across the country.

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Netizens flocked to the comment section to share their views:

@ Sam Dumisani Myeki commented:

“Awu! Once they mention businessmen nowadays having been gunned down, you simply can't tell who was wrong.”

@ Debu Joseph Mosiane shared:

“They go around with armoured vehicles, protect themselves and their families at our costs; over and above that, they have dozens of bodyguards paid in full by ordinary citizens, and they worry less about the crime that is going around because they are sorted.”

@Abraham Rawana stunned:

"Can't run a business in this country without being worried about your safety."

@Elliot Chimbira disappointed:

"This evil world, we are no longer safe."

@Senzo Inno Mgoduka said:

"In South Africa, no matter how small your business is, you must have a bodyguard or two if you can."

@Wena Wasembo Khasa explained:

"Gqeberha is one of the most dangerous Cities in the world. We are slowly replacing Mexico if we are within reach."

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Police hunt for suspects that killed Limpopo bar lounge owner

In a related story, Briefly News reported about the South African Police Service, who are looking for unknown gunmen who took the life of a businessman in Limpopo.

The man was sitting outside of his establishment when men travelling in a Mazda drove by and gunned him down.

South Africans believed the incident might have been a hit as the suspects did not seem to have taken anything from the man or the establishment.

Source: Briefly News

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