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'ANC ward councillor’s shooting not linked to upcoming elections'

Mbuyiseni Dokolwane, chairperson of the ANC Freedom Park branch, was killed last night.

Mbuyiseni Dokolwane was the chairperson of the ANC Freedom Park branch. Picture: Intelligence Bureau.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it does not believe the killing of a Freedom Park ward councillor is linked to the selection of candidates for the upcoming local government elections.

Mbuyiseni Dokolwane was the chairperson of the ANC Freedom Park branch.

The 48-year-old was also a central mediator involved in resolving the dispute between rival taxi drivers.

The provincial government has expressed its condolences to his family.

Spokesperson Jolidee Matongo says, "A man came out of a car that was parked for a while, outside of his home. They shot him four times. He was rushed to hospital, but unfortunately he died on the way. As far as we are concerned, the murder of comrade Dokolwane is not necessarily linked to the political processes underway."

Meanwhile, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane visited Dokolwane's family to pay her respects to the slain councillor.

Nkosi-Malubane, who arrived accompanied by police, sat down with Dokolwane's widow and explained that police will leave no stone unturned in the search for her husband's killers.

She says the family is still very angry.

"As you might know, this is still very fresh so anger [and] hurt over having lost a loved one is still there."

About a hundred ANC members, dressed in party colours, gathered outside the family home where they are singing struggle songs in remembrance of Dokolwane.

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The murder has left the community shocked, with many calling for an extensive investigation.

Residents say they are shocked that the well-respected father of two was murdered right outside his house.

The ANC has warned that it's dangerous to speculate on reasons behind the murder of one of its ward councillors.

Dokolwane had been ward councillor in the area since 2011.

The police are yet to make any arrests.

ANC Gauteng Secretary Hope Papo says, "Speculating about the death would actually be very dangerous. The police must be investigate. Whatever he was involved in, whether peace mediating in the taxi [industry], he didn't deserve to die and therefore we want anybody who was involved in planning his death to be arrested and charged."

Provincial party leaders and community members continued to arrive at the home this afternoon.

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