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Speaker of EC municipality gunned down in suspected hit

Thozama Njobe was shot several times while the other person she was with was unharmed.

FILE: Thozama Njobe, an African National Congress councillor at the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality in Fort Beaufort. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The speaker of an Eastern Cape municipality has been gunned down in a suspected hit. Thozama Njobe, an African National Congress (ANC) councillor at the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality in Fort Beaufort, was with another person when they were attacked on Monday night.

She was shot several times while the other person was unharmed.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Sibongile Soci says a manhunt has been launched for Njobe's killer.

“It’s alleged she was shot at close range by an unknown person while she and another person were driving from a gathering in Newton, Fort Beaufort. She sustained wounds in the upper body and was taken to hospital for medical attention. She was certified dead upon arrival.”

This comes as the Moerane Commission of Inquiry probes political killings in KwaZulu-Natal. The commission resumed its work on Monday.

The probe has seen the Glebelands hostel in Umlazi featuring prominently, where at least 77 people have been killed since March 2014.

Last week, three KwaZulu-Natal ANC councillors from the Umzimkhulu area were shot ahead of the region's conference where new leaders were expected to be elected.

This incident followed the shooting of the region's speaker, Khaya Thobela, who was gunned down in April.

In the nearby town of Richmond, the municipal manager, deputy mayor and a councillor were also murdered in less than two months.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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