ANC councillor accused of murder appears in court

Twenty-nine-year-old Zonisele Magawu is accused of shooting dead 49-year-old Hannes Baatjies last week.

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CAPE TOWN - An African National Congress (ANC) councillor has appeared in court in connection with the murder of a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor in the Northern Cape.

The case against Zonisele Magawu has been postponed until next week after he appeared briefly in the Postmasburg Magistrates court.

Twenty-nine-year-old Magawu is accused of shooting dead 49-year-old Hannes Baatjies last week.

Investigators say more arrests are imminent.

Magawu's Facebook page is filled with pictures of his candidacy posters ahead of the local government elections.

The ANC councillor candidate lost the ward in Kgatelopele Municipality.

The Hawks' Hangwani Muluadzi would not be drawn on Magawu's political affiliation.

"He remains in custody. With the seven-day grace that we have been afforded, we will be able to uncover more."

Baatjies was reportedly lured to what he believed was a business meeting last week, when he was then shot and killed.

His business partner was wounded and remains in a critical condition.

NORTHERN CAPE ANC 'SHOCKED'

The Northern Cape ANC says it is 'shocked' that a councillor candidate has been arrested in connection with the murder of a DA councillor.

The party's Naledi Gaosekwe says, "The ANC in the Northern Cape is indeed shocked that one of our councillor candidates is the suspect of this murder case."