A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Johannes Baatjies.
The deceased, a Danielskuil ward councillor in the Kgatelopele municipality, was killed last week, after he was allegedly lured to what he believed was a business meeting. His body was subsequently dumped near his car in Groenwater in the Northern Cape.
The life of the 49-year-old councillor was ‘wasted’ just hours before he was due to be sworn in. His murder was believed to be politically motivated because he reportedly alerted his family and friends about death threats issued to him after he wrestled control of Danielskuil ward from the hands of the ANC in the municipal elections.
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Reports also had it that Johannes Baatjies, another DA councillor and two Kgatelopele Community Forum councilors had plans of forming a coalition to govern Kgatelopele municipality before his life was cut short.
He was shot twice in the head and once in the torso. His business partner, who was with him at the time of the incident, also sustained severe injury after he was also shot by the gunmen.
The suspect, 29, was nabbed by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Friday and is facing murder and attempted murder charges. He is expected to appear in the Postmasburg Magistrates Court on Monday.
The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi said:
“He is likely to face charges of murder and attempted murder. It has also transpired that he is implicated in other armed robbery cases.”
He added that officials are currently working around the clock to bring all perpetrators to book.
Meanwhile, the Northern Cape Hawks has been praised for the swift arrest. National Hawks head Lt-Gen Mthandazo Ntlemeza commended the team for braving out the incidence and recording timely and positive result.