Four accused of killing DA councillor, partner remain in custody

2016-09-22 22:22

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Cape Town – Four people accused of killing DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner will remain in custody as their bail applications have not yet been finalised.

Zonisele Magawu, Charles Thompson Mpondomisa, Matthews Legodu, and Richard Hasana appeared in the Danielskuil Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, Northern Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said.

They all applied for bail. Their applications would continue on October 17.

Baatjies, 49, was shot in the head and upper body on the eve of being sworn in as a Kgatelopele municipality councillor after 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.

Magawu was arrested first.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said at the time that preliminary investigations revealed 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.

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

Read more on:    da  |  hawks  |  crime  |  local elecitons 2016

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