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DA councillor in Northern Cape found dead

Hannes Baaitjies has been killed, just hours before he was due to be sworn in.

FILE: Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor in the Northern Cape, Hannes Baaitjies, has been killed, just hours before he was due to be sworn in.

Baaitjies was found dead near his car in Groenwater, just outside Postmasburg in the early hours of this morning.

The councillor disappeared last night, after apparently receiving a call from people who wanted to see him.

DA leader in the Northern Cape Andrew Louw says, "He never returned home. And subsequently to that, the wife then went on a search with some DA councillors and members as well as the police."

Louw says the news of Baaitjies' murder has been a shock in the Kgatelopele Municipality.

"We as the DA as well as the entire community we're mourning the sudden death and killing of councillor Baaitjies."

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