Nov 29, 2021

Tshwane Mayor Calls For Peace And Calm After Mabopane Violent Unrest

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Reacting to Motaung’s brutal murder, the violent event unfolded in the township over the weekend.

FILE PHOTO: Residents of Mabopane blocked the M21 road after ANC councillor Tshepo Motaung was murdered. PICTURE: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)

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PRETORIA: The unrest follows after Tshepo Motaung ward 22 ANC councillor was shot and killed on Friday night by unknown hitmen.

Tshwane Executive Mayor Randall Williams has called for peace and calm in the lead up to the election after the community members of Mabopane Pretoria took to the streets in the township.

The unrest follows after Mr Tshepo Motaung ward 22 ANC councillor was shot and killed on Friday night by unknown hitmen when travelling back home from a meeting with his uncle and nephew.

According to the media reports, his body was shot with at least 20 bullets, his uncle sustained gun wounds while the nephew escaped unharmed.

His killing is believed to be politically motivated and linked to the party’s recent councillor candidate selection process.

Reacting to Mr Motaung’s brutal murder, the violent event unfolded in the township over the weekend.

The community members have also vowed to intensify the protest in the township until the killers of Motaung are put behind bars.

“This is a criminal and barbaric act that I want to condemn in the strongest term,” said Mr Williams.

Mr Williams said, he is calling for calm and peace as the country entered the final week of political campaigning before the local government elections on 1 November.

“There are numerous and different political parties campaigning for the upcoming local government elections and we simply cannot allow violence to undermine and threaten this democratic process.

“I call on all parties, candidates, activists and anyone that will be active in the political space to please engage peacefully,” said Mr Williams.

Mr WilIiams has sent deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of the councillor.

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