South Africa 3.3.2016 09:25 am

Family reeling following reverend’s murder

Slain Methodist reverend Motlalepule Leseba. Photo:  Supplied.

Slain Methodist reverend Motlalepule Leseba. Photo: Supplied.

In 2014, Leseba’s wife and daughter were killed in a car crash while travelling to Klerksdorp.

The family of Free State reverend Motlalepule Leseba, who was shot and killed during a bogus road block in Odendaalsrus at the weekend, is still trying to come to terms with the murder.

Family spokesperson Godfrey Leseba said the reverend’s death had left a “huge void” in the family and the community.

“He was a good guy – a very generous man who was loved by everybody. He was a leader and like a father to us all,” he said.

Leseba, a reverend at the Methodist Church in Thabong, was on Saturday travelling with a passenger in the direction of Allanridge from Odendaalsrus, when they were pulled over in what seemed to be a roadblock at about 10pm.

A group of suspects, who had a road sign instructing vehicles to stop, approached the car and demanded money before shooting Leseba twice in the upper body.

The suspects fled with two cellphones and Leseba was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He died at the Welkom Mediclinic on Monday.

According to Godfrey, the reverend was travelling with a family friend and not his son, as initially reported.

“His son Thabo was in Gauteng at the time. [Leseba] was travelling with a family friend who he had taken in a few years ago while he was working in Diepsloot,” Godfrey said.

The family friend, who Godfrey said was considered as part of the family, is currently receiving trauma counselling.

The weekend’s incident is the second to befall the family in as many years. In 2014, Leseba’s wife and daughter were killed in a car crash while travelling to Klerksdorp, in the North West, from Johannesburg.

His funeral is scheduled to take place in Klerksdorp on Thursday next week.

Free State police spokesperson Malebo Khosana said a manhunt for the suspects has since been launched and no arrests have been made.

Read more: Free State police hunt reverend’s killers

– Caxton News Service

 

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