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Satawu's Gauteng secretary shot dead

Chris Nkosi was shot five times at an intersection in Germiston.

Police on the scene after Satawu's Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi was shot and killed on 13 April 2015. Picture: ‏@MedixGauteng via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has been killed in what appears to be a drive-by shooting in Germiston.

Chris Nkosi apparently stopped at a traffic light after meeting with his union colleagues at Satawu's offices in the Johannesburg CBD.

When police arrived on the scene they found his car riddled with bullet holes on the driver's side.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says they're still investigating the motive for the crime, and they don't have the registration number of the getaway vehicle.

"At this stage we're still investigating the motive for the crime. Five shots were fired and a BMW drove away and at this stage we don't know what the registration number of that BMW was. We're appealing to anyone who might have information to come forward."

Picture: @MedixGauteng via Twitter.

The union says Nkosi had just parted ways with his bodyguard, which had been appointed to protect him for over three years.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga says they had always known about plans to assassinate Nkosi and they had agreed to provide him with some form of protection.

"All we know is that the life of comrade Chris Nkosi has always been in danger and this started three years ago. We've started to make everybody aware of it and the union at some point approved that there should be an investment in personal protector."

REACTION:

Unbelievable news of this latest political assassination of Satawu's Chris Nkosi. The Revolution is eating its young. And old

My deepest condolences to family & colleagues of Chris Nkosi who was killed last night. Hope this does not represent a turn of events