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Police investigate another suspected political killing

Police are investigating a political murder after an African National Congress (ANC) ward councillor and his wife were shot dead in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. Their children witnessed the attack.

Zolile Malangeni, aged 55, worked as a senior manager at O.R Tambo’s Ntinga Development Agency, while his 49 year-old wife Ntombovuyo, worked for the Local Economic Development department at Mhlontlo  municipality. 

The couple were having their supper with their two daughters when two unknown gunmen stormed the house and shot them at point blank range. 

Neighbours heard gunshots and piercing screams coming from their home and found the couple on the floor. 

Ntombovuyo died on the scene while Zolile passed away at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha the following day. 

Their two daughters ran and locked themselves in the bathroom, where they were found by villagers.

It’s understood the councillor was earmarked for a senior position in the local municipal council.

The ANC in the OR Tambo District has condemned the murder.

The police say they are investigating the seemingly politically-motivated killings.

“So far, no one has been arrested but they have set up a task team with the hawks. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any arrests made soon and we’ll be investigating this incident thoroughly to get to the bottom of it,” says Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

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