Police search for alleged hitman, arrest wife after North West man murdered

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An alleged hitman behind the murder of a 51-year-old man is on the loose near Phokeng.
An alleged hitman behind the murder of a 51-year-old man is on the loose near Phokeng.
André Damons
  • A manhunt has been launched for an alleged hitman in a North West murder.
  • A 51-year-old man was allegedly shot dead on Wednesday.
  • Police have taken the victim's wife into custody.

North West police have launched a manhunt for the alleged hitman behind the murder of a 51-year-old man.

The man was murdered in Luka village near Phokeng outside Rustenburg on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani said police have arrested the victim's 44-year-old wife.

"According to reports, tenants who are staying at the couple's backrooms heard gunshots at about 03:45 on Wednesday morning and went to investigate. Upon seeing the victim lying in a pool of blood, they called the wife, the police and ambulance," said Funani.

The victim was reportedly on his way to work when he was shot, said Funani.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim sustained several gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was declared dead at the scene," said Funani.

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During the investigation, reports emerged that the couple had been heard arguing.

"Police also established that the wife allegedly hired a hitman, who allegedly fled the scene after the incident," said Funani.

This prompted police to launch a manhunt for the alleged hitman, said Funani.

"The investigation into the matter continues, and the motive is still unknown," Funani added.

The wife is expected to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate's Court in Tlhabane on Friday.


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