National 11.8.2016 05:31 pm

ANC man’s ‘murderer’ sneaks away from victim’s aunt

Image: Wikimedia

Image: Wikimedia

There was drama outside the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court when a family member of slain Tshwane ANC member Simon Modihe confronted the man charged with his murder.

Anne Lekalakala, an aunt of Modihe, confronted Justice Mashola, 36, on Thursday, demanding to know why Modihe had been killed.

“The accused said in his affidavit that he is working, earning R9 000, he has children and an unemployed wife, but what about Simon, who is earning nothing underground and his three-year-old child who does not have a mother and now is an orphan?” she fumed.

Mashoba, who is out on R2 000 bail, had to be sneaked out of the court building by a different exit by his family members and authorities as an angry Lekalakala waited for him at the main exit.

The 38-year-old Modihe was shot twice, in the leg and upper body, on June 19 outside the Tshwane Events Centre as ANC supporters waited to hear the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC mayoral candidate for the local government elections.

It is alleged that Modihe was fatally wounded when Mashola, an employee of the City of Tshwane, and another member from a rival ANC faction walked up to the Modihe’s group and opened fire. Modihe was rushed to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

On Thursday, the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court transferred the case to the Atteridgeville Magistrates’ Court due to the crime happening in the west of Pretoria.

Violent protests erupted in Tshwane in June after Didiza was named ANC mayoral candidate, with roads blocked, buses torched and shops looted in townships such as Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, GaRankuwa, Mabopane and Hammanskraal.

Protesters said they were against the naming of Didiza as the ANC mayoral candidate for the metro, demanding that Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa remain in office for a second term.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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