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Former councillor remanded in custody after allegedly shooting dead troublesome patron

By Afikile Lugunya - Jan 4, 2018
Former councillor remanded in custody after allegedly shooting dead troublesome patron

The murder case involving a former African National Congress (ANC) councillor, who allegedly shot dead a 23-year-old man for causing havoc at his tavern on New Year's Day, was postponed to next when the accused appeared before the Motherwell Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The 50-year-old former Motherwell Councillor was remanded in custody until Thursday next week when he is going to make a formal bail application.

It is alleged that the 23-year-old man, Lindokuhle Marcus, was among several patrons, who visited the former councillor's tavern to celebrate the New Year.

However, according to eye-witnesses that spoke to RNEWS, Marcus, possibly intoxicated, started dancing on top of tables at the tavern, shouting and apparently preventing other patrons from enyoying themselves.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the former councillor did nothing on the day Marcus allegedly caused a scene at the tavern, but he instead went to look for him the following day at his home.

When the former councillor could not find him, he apparently went around the streets of Motherwell looking for him and eventually found him walking with his friend.

“So, when he shot him, he wasn’t alone - there were two guys he went for. After that, the former councillor reported at the police station what he had done," described Captain Beetge.

"He said that he was attacked by these two guys and he shot one of them.

“His firearm was taken by the police and after the body was found, we then arrested him and opened a murder case."

Shocked by the incident, several community members took to the streets in protest at the spot where Marcus allegedly died on Tuesday.

Xolani Luzipho, who also knew Marcus, said he was still in shock about the whole incident.

“I was so shocked when I heard from people, who were there that Marcus had been shot because he was causing a lot of trouble like kicking other person’s drinks and yelling 'beat me if you can', apparently he was very rude to others,” Luzipho described.