Police investigate deaths of former councillor, car crash victims

KAMHLUSHWA – A former Nkomazi Local Municipality (NLM) councillor, Mr Victor Mashabane, was found fatally shot in his vehicle on Tuesday night.

The 55-year-old was an NLM councillor from 2000 to 2005.

According to provincial SAPS spokesman Brig Leonard Hlathi, Mashabane was allegedly kidnapped at the gate of his house in kaMhlushwa.

READ: Crash between Marloth and Komati claims life of municipal official

Information police received indicated that an unknown number of men forced him into his vehicle and they drove off. He was later found dead, in the same vehicle, with a gunshot wound.

Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information on the kidnapping and murder is urged to contact Det Cpt Pat Banda on 082-449-0291.

Six people have also been killed on the roads over the past two days.

Yesterday around 23:30, the driver of a bakkie lost control of the vehicle on the N4 between the Marloth Park and Tenbosch turn-off.

It collided head-on with a truck and five people, including a baby, died. One person was seriously injured and transported to Tonga Hospital.

READ: Father and his two sons killed in accident

This accident follows another one just outside Malalane on Wednesday night, where a man was killed. Read about it here.

Retha Nel

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