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Limpopo EFF councilor, Jonas Lebitsi Mpye shot dead in his house in Ga-Botha village



Jonas Lebitsi Mpye, a prominent EFF councilor, has been reported dead.

Jonas, a 46-year-old politician, was shot multiple times in his home in Ga-Botha village by unknown gunmen.

The Police spokesperson, Malesela Ledwaba, confirmed the news and stated that the incident was an intentional gun attack on the victim, which is a significant loss to the people of Ga-Botha.

Preliminary investigations also indicated that Mpye’s car was discovered hidden among surrounding shrubs in a neighboring community. The finding reveals a probable robbery motivation.
A murder and robbery case has been filed by the police.

Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, the provincial commissioner of Limpopo, denounced the inhuman crime and urged the community to cooperate with police and offer any information that might help in the capture of the culprits.

Earlier this year, ANC councillor Sbonelo Mthembu was gunned down at a yard in Mkhondo. Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli told the media that the councillor, his mechanic and a friend were shot and killed by three men.

“The councillor, along with his mechanic, were brought to the location by a friend driving a bakkie, when suddenly three armed individuals emerged in the yard.

“According to reports, the suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the councillor, who was present in the yard, and tragically, they also fatally shot the friend who remained inside his bakkie.

“The mechanic, unfortunately, was unable to evade the shooting and was also targeted by the same suspects while in the yard. Subsequently, the three suspects swiftly fled in an undisclosed direction,” he said.

In February this year, an Eastern Cape ANC councillor was shot and killed in her car. In Ngcingwane, Dutywa, the lifeless body of Nomxolisi Nqwena-Maliwa, aged 47, was discovered inside her vehicle. Police said that she had allegedly been counting money. She was said to have sustained a single bullet wound to the head.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana, the assailants shot her before making their escape in a white Toyota Avanza, which was conveniently parked a short distance away. Notably, no personal belongings were stolen during the incident.


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