On Tuesday, Premier David Makhura and Police Minister Bheki Cele, and Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela visited the family members of Tshepo Motaung who was gunned down. Mabopane Ward 22 councillor was shot and killed while travelling home by unnamed suspects on Friday 24 September 2021 at Mabopane Block UX.
ANC supporters gathered outside Motaung’s home waiting for Premier Makhura and Minister Cele to brief them, whereby Makhura said that “we want these political killings to be dealt with the same way they are prioritized at KwaZulu-Natal”. The minister of Police Bheki Cele has confirmed that they have identified the names of the gunmen that murdered the deceased and highlighted that there is satisfying progress in the case.
“From what I see in this matter it’s connected to political contestation, and it is something that is looking like other incidents in our province especially in Tshwane. Political leaders are starting to feel unsafe, on my way here I was told that three councilors are not staying at their homes because they feel unsafe. We have asked the minister to put a team to probe this and bring perpetrators to book so that communities and councillors can start feeling safe,” said Makura.
Tebogo Motaung brother of the deceased said the family will feel safe, and better once justice prevails and hopes the minister will close this case soon and find the perpetrators. David Tshedi SA National Civic Organization chairperson in ward 22 said “the community will be giving police one–month deadline to make an arrest.”
Executive mayor of the City of Tshwane Randall Williams has called for peace and calm in the lead to the election following the shooting of a Tshwane ward Councillor “this criminal and barbaric act I want to condemn in the strongest terms. I call on all parties, candidates, activists and anyone that will be active in the political space to please engage peacefully in elections that will commence on the 1st of November 2021, I want to offer my deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of councillor Tshepo Motaung may his soul rest in peace” he said.
By: MBALI MABENA & NTHABISENG MAKHUBELA