Speculation over Cope MP's killing

2011-08-23 09:21

Johannesburg - Limpopo police declined to speculate on Tuesday on rumours that Cope MP Jack Tolo's killing was politically motivated.

"We don't want to venture an opinion... Our focus is on catching the people responsible," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

No arrests have been made yet.

Congress of the People (Cope) Limpopo leader Solly Mkhatshwa told Beeld newspaper that Tolo's murder did not appear to be a normal robbery.

"He was shot twice in the back of his head with his assailants not talking a word to him. Only afterwards they asked his wife if there was money in the house," Mkhatshwa told the Afrikaans daily in a report on Tuesday.


National Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said it was up to the police to establish the motive for the killing.

He said Tolo was not aligned to any faction within the party, but was a "loyal member" of Cope.

Tolo, 63, his wife and two daughters were tied up with copper wire by four armed men, three of whom were wearing balaclavas, on Monday morning.

The robbers ransacked the house and stole R7 000, jewellery and four cellphones.

"Without any provocation, the alleged robbers executed Tolo while the other three family members were left unhurt," Mulaudzi said on Monday.

Tolo served in Parliament following the 1994 elections. After the 2009 elections he left the ANC to join Cope.

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-23 09:26

    "with his assailants not talking a word to him" Not talking a word? Somebody didn't pay attention in English class, did they... either it is the COPE leader quoted, but then News24 should add a (sic), or the News24 journo needs to brush up! (correct use: I talk, I am talking to, talking about... but saying a word) If it's politically motivated though, which party was responsible?

      Wayne Hayes - 2011-08-23 09:41

      Believe it or not, but reading a lot of these articles does have dumb numbing effect on our brains...

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 09:43

      His own. You must be aware of the fact that serious disputes are going on within Cope.

      McDaNife - 2011-08-23 09:49

      Whats the difference "not talking a word" as long as it gets the message across. Yes it has to be politically motivated.

      Mathanga - 2011-08-23 10:20

      English people must understand that its not everyone who learnt English as a first language. Even though you can try to give lectures here I do not guarantee that it will be of much help. For as long as you understand what he is saying / trying to say, its all that matters.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-23 11:20

      @ Mathanga - yes, but if you are paid to write an article in an English-language national medium, it's fair to expect SOME level of correct English. News24 is known for its shocking grammar. Btw, I'm British but went to school in Holland - so I did my 1st language as a 2nd one, and my 2nd language as my 1st... still came right ;-)

  • cat8fish - 2011-08-23 09:30

    shame man. Couldn't they just have stolen the goods and left him alone

      Michael - 2011-08-23 10:09

      Obviously politically motivated, how else do you get executioned?

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-23 10:23

      and executed too

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 12:02

      that too

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-08-23 09:30

    Rest In Peace. (R.I.P)

  • Johnny - 2011-08-23 09:37

    this reeks of political conflict, two shots in the back of the head spells execution no normal robbery involves two shots in the back of the head. is this infighting or did he pee of someone in the ANC. anyway you look at it it was a HIT.

  • Darksyde - 2011-08-23 09:43

    Of course its politically motivated. The ANC has been doing this for years against the IFP in KZN. COPE must prepare itself for tons more of these Black Ops (a.k.a. wet ops) in the coming years.

      Nox - 2011-08-23 10:22

      Its has always been the otherway round

  • Komasa - 2011-08-23 09:47

    Media Speculation as usual.

      Mkushi - 2011-08-23 10:06

      Yes at this stage it is speculation, but taking into account IFP, COPE and NFP killings, there is something to speculate about. If such speculations add up, then we have a major problem, cause somebody appears to be giving orders. Just speculating.

  • WHITE MAN - 2011-08-23 10:05

    This is going to get Ugly!

  • dotty_01 - 2011-08-23 10:43

    tribalism at its best. this country has not yet realised that it should be operating as a democracy.

  • ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 11:21

    You know what is missing here, both Lekota and Shilowa showing support to the family on their loss, guess where they both are and doing what? Robala ka Kgotso Ntate Tolo.

  • ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 11:29

    what is missing here is both Mr. Lekota and Mr. Shilowa showing support to the family for their loss. Guess where they both are and doing what? Robala ka Kgotso Ntate Tolo.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 12:03

    Maybe COPE killed him so they would get some media time, Juju's hogging the spotlight

  • Bankai - 2011-08-23 13:37

    "He was shot twice in the back of his head with his assailants not talking a word to him" is it me or this doesnt sound right at all, how the hell are you shot twice IN the back of your head? what he was shot from inside out or im high

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 13:49

      what's the correct way to phrase it?

  • Bankai - 2011-08-23 15:29

    Daemos1 he was shot at the back of his head not In the back of his head. Engrish Mate Enrish

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