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'Raymond Mhlaba Speaker killed because of anti-corruption stance'

Council speaker Thozama Njobe was gunned down on Monday night while returning home from a meeting in Fort Beaufort.

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

CAPE TOWN - Political parties in the Eastern Cape believe an African National Congress (ANC) councillor in the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality was killed because she was opposed to corruption.

Council speaker Thozama Njobe was gunned down on Monday night while returning home from a meeting in Fort Beaufort.

It's understood Njobe was aware of a plot to kill her after a man visited her office earlier this month to warn her of a plan to take her out.

The Democratic Alliance and the South African Communist Party have joined the ANC in condemning the murder of Njobe.

The official opposition in the Raymond Mhlaba Council has described Njobe as a "crusader in the fight against corruption".

The party believes her anti-corruption stance may have led to her murder.

The communist party has labelled the suspected assassination as an "atrocious act" and hopes it's not linked to factional battles within the ANC.

Police would not be drawn on claims of an assassination or whether they acted on information given to them. They are yet to make arrests.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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