Two men in custody for murder of Mhlonto Speaker's driver and attempted assassination on Speaker

APRIL 19, 2016

Two additional male suspects, aged between 40-50 years, have been taken in for questioning by Eastern Cape SAPS in connection with the murder of the driver of Mhlontlo Local Municipality Speaker and an attempted murder on the Speaker. The incident happened in Tsolo towards the end of last year.

"The two were taken in on Monday," said police spokesperson, Lt Khaya Tonjeni.

"This development brings the number of people who have been implicated in this case to four.

"The two have not yet been charged but when charged, they will be expected to appear in court soon. Investigations continue."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta welcomed the developments in this case and commended the Task Team members from the General Detectives, Hawks and Crime Investigations in the province for their dedication and efforts being made to crack this case.

About the incident

Speaker, Xolile Nkompela, escaped unhurt from his luxury vehicle when his driver, Zukile Nyontso, died in a hail of bullets following an alleged ambush near Bakhangele village outside Tsolo on December 18.

Nkompela had been under guard after allegedly receiving death threats.

During the attack, he was reportedly sitting in the back seat travelling from his brother's house when a man jumped from the bushes and started firing in front of the vehicle.

Nkompela was told to lie down which is when a second gunman walked to the front passenger side and tried to open the door that was when his bodyguard fired hitting the suspect in the shoulder.

The gunmen fled the scene on foot and the injured Nyontso was immediately removed from the car, but died at the scene.

The vehicle had 10 bullet holes in it, seven hit the driver's side and three the back on the passenger side.