Communities in the Northern Cape are still in shock after the cold-blooded murder of a DA councillor at the Kgatelopele municipality in Daniëlskuil, Johannes Baaitjie (49) who was gunned down on Wednesday 17 August 2016 after having received a call urging him to meet for business.
Mr Baaitjie’s hands and feet had been bound with wire and he had suffered two fatal head shots and one in the torso. Another man, who had accompanied Mr Baaitjie, but whom cannot be identified due to the nature of the investigation, was seriously injured and remains in a critical condition.
The case has since been investigated by the Hawks Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and on Friday 19 August 2016, Zoniselo Magawu (36) the ANC candidate of ward 1 in the Kgatelopele municipality, was arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Mr Baaitjie and the alleged attempted murder of Mr Baaitjie’s business associate who had accompanied him.
According to the head of the DA constituency in Daniëlskuil, Mr Baaitjie had mentioned to him on several occassions during the election that he had received death threats and a case of intimidation was opened at the SAPS.
ANC provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, condemned the alleged assassination of Mr Baaitjie. “The ANC condemns any politically-motivated violence and killings and calls upon the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation. The perpetrators of this senseless crime must face the full might of the law,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, has applauded the Northern Cape Hawks for the swift arrest of a suspect linked to the murder of Johannes Baatjie.
“I am very proud that our members worked around the clock to ensure the arrest of the the suspect. This arrest is a confirmation of our resolve to ensure that our country’s democracy is not meddled with and those who perpetrate these cowardly acts are brought to book as soon as possible. Our investigations are still continuing and we cannot rest until we find everybody involved,” Lieutenant General Ntlemeza said.