Search underway for Andile Lili gunmen

Lili was shot multiple times outside his Khayelitsha home last night.

Broken glass lies strewn on the ground in front of Andile Lili's house in Makhaza, Khayelitsha after the controversial activist was shot while sitting in his car on 5 November 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A search is underway for the gunmen who shot and wounded prominent Cape Town activist Andile Lili.

Lili, who is the leader of civil rights group, the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, was shot multiple times outside his Khayelitsha home on Wednesday night.

He is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Ses'Khona led a series of protests last year which saw raw sewage being dumped at, among other places, Cape Town International Airport.

One of Lili's neighbours says she heard several gun shots go off late last night and then heard loud screams.

She accounts how she heard him crying out for help while lying in the street a few metres from the house.

"I was watching TV and then I just heard three gunshots. Then I heard him screaming that he has been shot."

The woman, who refused to be named out of fear, expects the culprits will return to try and finish what they started.

Police are yet to make any arrests.

Ses'Khona has implied the shooting could be politically motivated.

At the same time, hundreds of supporters of the movement have converged on the Cape Town city centre ahead of a protest march.

They're venting their anger at the African National Congress who the organisation has accused of trying to hijack a job creation initiative it claims to be leading.

Dozens of South African Police Service and Metro Police officers in riot gear are closely monitoring protesters.