Following the killing of ANC Tshwane Councillor Tshepo Moutang who was shot and killed outside his home in Mabopane by unknown suspects. A protest for Justice took place next to Morula complex at Locus Mangope road and Odi Correctional Service main road on Monday. Roads were blocked therefore some school learners had to be sent home because teachers and learners could not pass through including those going to work.
One of the protesters said that “we are fighting for our councillor and we want justice to be served and we won’t stop fighting while one of us has been assassinated for winning the councilor candidate’s election an injury to one is an injury to all.” Another resident said that “this strike is affecting us we can’t go to work and this situation is affecting innocent people, some employers are not lenient we will lose our jobs because South Africans sees the strike and destroying infrastructure as a solution to our problems.”
According to Pretoria News Motaung was driving home over the weekend with his uncle and Nephew. Gunmen appeared from nowhere and fired gunshots at his vehicle. All three victims fled the vehicle, but the culprits pursued Motaung, cornered him, and shot him to death. The attackers were in two cars and had followed him as he was on his way home from a meeting. According to the witness, he was shot more than 20 times.
The SA National Civic Organisation leader in the community, David Tshesedi, said the murder was believed to be related to internal ANC conflicts emanating from the selection process for Ward 22 councillor candidates. Tshesedi said Motaung had contested the position of councillor candidate and emerged victorious from the community voting process. They claimed the murder was politically motivated and masterminded by people who were not in favour of Motaung’s re-election as a councillor.
ANC regional spokesperson Bafuze Yabo said “ I don’t have any details as to how his death came about. Anything that we may say will all be speculation. Only law enforcement can get down to the bottom of it and find out the truth. Executive mayor Alderman Randall Williams calls on all parties, candidates, activists, and anyone that will be active in the political space to engage. In conclusion, “I want to offer my deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of councillor Tshepo Motaung.”
By: Nthabiseng Makhubela.