Five men to appear for the murder of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies

2016-10-17 05:41
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Kimberley - Five men who were arrested in connection with the murder of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner are set to appear at Postmasburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

They are Zonisele Magawu, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, Matthews Legodu, Richard Hasana and Tsame Frak Baxane.

Baatjies, 49, was shot in the head and upper body on the eve of being sworn in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor, following the August 3 local government elections.

He was found dead on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg on August 17.

His business partner Shuping Nosi, who was also shot, died in hospital.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said at the time that preliminary investigations revealed that Baatjies was "unsuspectingly lured into a death trap".

DA Northern Cape leader Andrew Louw said the murder was politically motivated. Baatjies won the seat for the DA in Ward 2.

His murder left the small council hung, with three councillors in the ANC, and three in a coalition between two DA councillors, including Baatjies, and two Kgatelopele Community Forum councillors.

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) spokesperson in the province, Bonolo Modise, said a by-election would be held on November 9.

They had not yet closed candidate nominations.

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