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Police must follow all leads and find Thozama Njobe's killers: Mabuyane

Jul 19, 2017
Police must follow all leads and find Thozama Njobe's killers: Mabuyane

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday called on law enforcement officials to speedily solve the killing of one of its Branch Secretaries and Speaker of the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality, Thozama Njobe, who was gunned down late on Monday night.

While addressing a Mandela Day event hosted by the  Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) at Ethembeni Old Age Home at NU1, Mdantsane , in East London,ANC Eastern Cape  Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, said that the party woke up "to bad news as one of our comrade that is deployed at Raymond Mhlaba Council has been gunned down".

"As the ANC, we condemn this senseless killing of our comrade.

"We must follow leads and deal with those that are responsible decisively," said Mabuyane.

Apparently, Njobe had received death threats even while attending the ANC National Policy Conference ealy this month.

According to the police, Thozama Njobe, was shot at close range by an unknown person, while she and another person were driving from a gathering in New Town, Fort Beaufort.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci, added that Njobe sustained wounds in the upper body in the shooting and was rushed to a local hospital where she was declareed dead on arrival.

A team of  "seasoned detectives" has been tasked with bringing her killers to book.

"We request the Fort Beaufort community to stand up together and provide the police with information on the identity and whereabouts of the perpetrator and any information that will assist with the investigation," said Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga.

Mabuyane also said that the province is also under a dark clouds as we also mourn the untimely death of the mother of the ANC Provincial Provincial Chairperson Cde Phumulo Masaulle.

"May their soul rest in peace," he said.

Mabuyane said that as the country celebrates this day all of us are actually indebted to our hero, Nelson Mandela.

"Part of us ploghpuing back is to look after our old people. All of us need to responsible," said Mabuyane.

He said Popcru is special in advancing the National Democratic Revolution (NDR).