“Last night at about 9.15pm a 53-year-old man who was a member of Sanco, Mr Charles Thembisile Kanku, and a woman were shot at on the driveway of Bongolethu Primary School in Dyamala Street, Philippi,” Lt-Col Andre Traut said.
The man was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on arrival. He was shot in the chest, while the woman was shot in the hip.
They were attacked while inside Kanku’s vehicle on the school driveway.
“Cases of murder and attempted murder are being investigated,” said Traut.
He appealed to anyone who might have information to come forward.
The African National Congress in the Western Cape expressed shock at the incident. The party believed Kanku had been assassinated and called for calm.
“The ANC Western Cape is shocked after receiving the news that its Ward 36 branch chairman Charles Kanku was assassinated last night in Philippi,” provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said in a statement.
“We call for calm and on the community to wait for the police to complete their investigation.”