An African National Congress (ANC) candidate councillor in Tshwane, Tshepo Malefane, is in hiding following the murder of two residents and a local businessman.
They were all members of the ANC’s local branch in Soshanguve north of Pretoria.
One of the deceased was his uncle, 42-year-old Khehla Malefane.
He was sitting in a car with a friend when gunmen opened fire on them.
Two other councillors are also in hiding since the murder of ANC councillor Tshepo Motaung in Mabopane three weeks ago.
Motaung was on his way home from an ANC meeting in the area when his vehicle came under attack.
According to law enforcement officers, the father of two was shot 20 times execution-style by a group of armed attackers.
He was with his uncle and another relative.
Motaung is the fourth ANC councillor who died in a hail of bullets in Tshwane since 2018.
Meanwhile, Malefane says although he is fearing for his life, he’s not looking back.
“I’m no longer safe because of people being killed every day. People who are associated with my organisation and me. So that means I’m also not safe. But I’m getting courage from my organisation and also I’m chosen by the community.”
“For me, there is no turning back. I’m doing my work. So if anything happens to me, it can happen. I have no problem. The [infrastructure] projects could be the issue. But we can’t confirm we are not police,” adds Malefane.
Community members are demanding answers after the death of Tshepo Motaung:
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he is concerned with some ANC councillors being killed and others living in fear.