Murdered Mabopane councillor's family wants justice

2021-Sep-28   06:49

Murdered Mabopane councillor's family wants justice
The family of slain ANC councillor, Tshepo Motaung, wants the “mastermind” behind the brutal murder of their loved one arrested. The family said the case needs special attention, especially to determine if the killing is politically motivated.
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The family of slain ANC councillor, Tshepo Motaung, wants the “mastermind” behind the brutal murder of their loved one arrested. The family said the case needs special attention, especially to determine if the killing is politically motivated.

Tshepo Motaung, a Ward 22 councillor in Mabopane, was shot dead by unknown assailants while driving home with his uncle and nephew on Friday night. It's reported that two cars followed him and the occupants started shoot at his car. While Motaung and other two occupants of his car managed to leave the vehicle on foot, it's alleged that pursued him, cornered him and sprayed him with bullets. His car was also apparently shot at even when there was no one inside.

His murder sent shockwaves in Mabopane prompting community members to block the M21 road with burning tyres and rocks in protest.

The slain ward councillor's brother, Tebogo Motaung, said the family wants people responsible for the murder to be arrested. 

“I would like justice to prevail. The people responsible for my brother's murder must be arrested [including] the mastermind behind it if it was politically motivated. If it was a random killing those suspects must still be arrested and sent to jail for life," Tebogo Motaung said.

“The suspect must not even be granted bail when they are apprehended. I know this will not bring my brother back, but we will know why those guys killed him like that,” he said.

The community is supporting the bereaved family.

Community member, Miranda Mabasa, said the police minister must intervene to ensure that police act swiftly.

“Our councillor was shot and killed on Friday. We feel that police are failing us because they are not communicating with family and there haven’t been any arrest. We feel that if we demonstrate our frustration in the streets maybe they will see our seriousness on this case. Our plea is simple, we want Bheki Cele," said Mabasa.

Police minister, Bheki Cele, is expected to visit the family on Tuesday.

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