Mpumalanga ward councillor, two other men gunned down: Police

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A Ward Councillor in Mkhondo and two other people have been shot dead in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga on Friday night.

According to Police spokesperson Donald Mdluli, the 36-year-old Ward Councillor Sibonelo Mthembu was with two other men when they were attacked by a number of suspects who opened fire.

Mthembu was reportedly shot multiple times and died later in hospital. No one has been arrested.

Mdluli has called on the public to assist with information that may lead to the arrests of suspects.

“One of them is a mechanic while the other one was driving at the time he was shot, the mechanic, as well as the Councillor, were rushed to the hospital, while the other one shot inside the bakkie succumbed, immediately to injuries, the mechanic succumbed immediately they arrive in hospital while the Councillor died a while later.”

A murder investigation has been opened with three suspects still at large.

MEC appeals for calm in Mkhondo

Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe has condemned the shooting. This is the second councillor to be gunned down in a space of two months in the Mkhondo Municipality.

This shooting happens after 8 councillors were sworn in at the municipality. Shongwe has appealed for calm in Mkhondo and calls for anyone with information to contact the police.