R180 000 reward to find Free State mayor’s killer

2010-05-07 13:32

Free State police have increased to R180 000 the reward for

information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of Naledi

municipal mayor Motlatsi Motlohi.

Motlohi (32) died when he was shot twice at his Wepener home.

Police said neighbours heard gunshots and ran outside to

investigate at about 8pm on Monday. They found him laying in the doorway of his


The engine of Motlohi’s vehicle was still running and the car’s

lights were still on.

Motlohi was the ANC mayor of the Naledi municipality, which

includes the towns of Wepener, Vanstadensrus and Dewetsdorp.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the investigation was


“Any member of the community in and around that area is urged to

give information to police that can assist in solving the case,” Mophiring


The Free State government also announced it had disbanded the

council and placed the municipality under administration on Wednesday.

The administrator would take over immediately.

Free State MEC for corporate governance Mosebenzi Zwane said his

department had to step in urgently otherwise “more people could die”.

Zwane severely criticised the conduct of the Naledi councillors

since 2006, saying the majority of them were “irresponsible”.

“They do not respect their community, they do not respect the

constitution of the country, and they do not respect their own work as


Infighting between councillors, municipal officials and workers has

plagued the municipality since 2006.

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