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Northern Cape police investigate murder of DA member

The DA also claims Baaitjies had received death threats after winning a ward in Danielskuil two weeks ago.

Police tape generic. Picture: /EWN

CAPE TOWN - Northern Cape police say they are looking into whether the murder of a Democratic Alliance (DA) member was a political hit.

Hannes Baaitjies was found dead on Thursday, hours before he was to be sworn in as a councillor at the Kgatelopele Municipality.

A man who had been travelling with him is in a critical condition in hospital.

Hannes Baaitjies and another DA councillor were to form a coalition government with the Kgatelopele Community Forum.

But his body was found with bullet wounds to his head and upper body, hours before this was confirmed in council.

The DA suspects the murder may be politically motivated.

The police's Masebueng Mochologi said, "At the stage we can't confirm or deny any political affiliation to the deceased but it forms part of the investigation."

The DA also claims Baaitjies had received death threats after winning a ward in Danielskuil two weeks ago.

No arrests have been made.