Cousin killed in failed political hit
Boitekong/ Rustenburg – According to a member of his family, the senseless murder of Vukile Gunguthwa on Friday 22 October, was actually a failed attempt to kill his cousin, ANC ward 41 councillor Zenzele Xhinela.
Xhinela’s family are now living in fear, as this is apparently the second failed attempt on his life. Three men shot and killed Vukile Gunguthwa, who – moments before his death – was travelling in a vehicle belonging to his cousin, ANC ward 41 councillor Zenzele Xhinela. Xhinela is running for re-election in the November 1 elections and the murder is believed to be politically motivated.
Police spokesperson lieutenant colonel Amanda Funani confirmed that the 36-year-old Gunguthwa, who used Xhinela’s white Ford Ranger and visited his friend in Seraleng, was shot and killed while walking towards his friend’s house. It looks as if the vehicle the victim was driving, was highjacked by the killers, just to get away from the scene of the crime.
“The victim was certified dead at the scene by paramedics and the Ford Ranger was found abandoned about 1,5 km away from the scene, shortly after,” Funani says.
Onke Xhinela, Zenzele’s brother, told Platinum Weekly that his family are convinced the bullets in Gunguthwa’s body were meant for Zenzele Xhinela.
“We know that the attack was not directed at Gunguthwa,” Onke said. “We know because this is the second time that someone has tried to kill my brother.
We are afraid not only for my brother but for the rest of our family living in Rustenburg,” he said.
ANC’s spokesperson for the North West Kenny Morolong described the death of Gunguthwa, who was known as an ardent party follower, as unfortunate. He said:
“At this stage, we don’t want to speculate about the motives of the murder. Let us allow the police to investigate the case to its finality. I would like to urge our supporters to remain calm during this time.”
Police are investigating a case of murder, hijacking and armed robbery. They are asking community members with information that would help them to track down the three men implicated in the case, to come forward.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects is requested to contact the investigating officer lieutenant colonel Lazarus Mokgatlhe on 060 987 8626 or SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
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