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"They Killed Him With 20 Bullets" - Family Details Motaung's Death

Although the 2021 Heritage day was a time of the year in which majority of South Africans spent with their families while celebrating the unity in diversity, a certain family in the North of Gauteng was in excruciating pain after the brutal murder of one of their own.

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News began making rounds in the morning of Saturday, that ANC Tshwane Councillor, Tshepo Motaung had been shot dead just outside his home in Mabopane.

It is still unclear what might have been the reason for which led to his shooting, but the South African Police are still investigation the matter and have launched a manhunt by dispatching detectives in an attempt to bring the perpetrators to book.

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Judging by the space and time in which the killing happened, due to the looming local government elections, one easily drew an inference that it was politically influenced, such is the nature of infighting and jostling for positions among ANC members.

Despite that particular inference, Motaung's younger brother, Tebogo has revealed graphic details of how badly wounded his brother was. He indicated that "he was shot about 20 times, first in the leg, head and his entire body."

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He said police discovered 20 Bullets cartridges at the scene where Tshepo was killed.

"They didn't use a 9mm gun, it was bigger and lethal. They shot him in the head from behind and as he turned looking up, and proceeded to shoot his entire body. Most painfully, his inner bowels were out, it was a horrible sight to watch," Tebogo told Timeslive.

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He went on to indicate that the state in which his brother's body was in frightened him to the extent where he couldn't even look at the body."I couldn’t even look at the whole body," he added.

Like the Mabopane community which has been protesting in their numbers for the immediate apprehension of those who perpetrated the heinous crime, the broader South African society has implored government to implement measures to deal decisively with crime and political influenced killings among comrades.


A vaudeville of theories have been used to try to ascertain as to what could have possibly led to Motaung's death, the most obvious being political differences he might have had with his fellow comrades in the ANC.

Just recently, it was reported that the ANC in Motaung's ward was accused of manipulating candidate lists for the upcoming elections, and history has demonstrated not once but on many occasions that LGE are largely preceeded by violent killings among politicians.


It is not lost on me to bring to the fore KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu's decision to institute an inquiry into political killings in KZN three years ago, after the scourge had reached apocalyptic proportions.

And most evidently, this 𝘮𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪 has swept throughout the country as we have heard reports of political assassinations in other provinces.

In the meanwhile, the jury remains out as to how many more politicians would be killed before something tangible can happen to abate this pernicious scourge.

What do you make of Motaung's death. Do you think the ANC should make radical changes to how it selects candidates to prevent situations like this from repeating themselves?

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