Councillor shot dead in Rustenburg

Municipal councillor Moss Phakoe was shot dead outside his home in Rustenburg North, the North West police said on Sunday.

Captain Elsabe Augoustides said Phakoe (52) was shot twice and two empty cartridges were found on the scene.

A tenant at the house told police that he had heard three gunshots. After a while he went outside and saw the lights of Phakoe’s BMW were still on.

The tenant knocked at the door to the house and received no answer before walking to the car and finding Phakoe dead in the driver’s seat with two gunshot wounds to his body.

Department of developmental local government and housing minister Howard Yawa condemned the murder and described it as a “cowardly and heinous act that has robbed communities of a forthright, assertive and hardworking public representative”.

“We express our deepest condolences to Phakoe’s family, relatives, friends, fellow councillors and the party that he represented in council, ie, African National Congress, on the shared loss of a cadre
of immeasurable strength, and quality,” Yawa said.

Phakoe was a former Numsa organiser in Brits and served as a member of the Brits transitional local council. - Sapa