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Teboho Makhoa: Gauteng Human Settlements official gunned down

SAPS confirmed that a 52-year-old Gauteng Human Settlements official was the victim of a shooting early on Saturday morning.

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An Ekurhuleni government member is understood to have been gunned down in Vosloorus, Gauteng, on Saturday 5 June, with reports suggesting that the slain 52-year-old is Teboho Makhoa, a Human Settlements official. 

When The South African sent queries to the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Sunday relating to claims made by news anchor and broadcaster Redi Tlhabi, spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo responded with the following: 

“Police have opened a case of murder for investigation after the body of a 52-year-old man was found inside a car with gunshot wounds in the early hours of Saturday, 05 June 2021.”

Police confirm killing of Gauteng Human Settlements official

Masondo said that police were conducting routine patrols when they noticed a car parked in the middle of Brickfield Road in Vosloorus at about shortly after midnight on Saturday morning. 

“At the drivers seat police found a man with gunshot wounds. The car had bullet holes on the side of the driver. Paramedics were called and the victim was certified dead,” he said, adding that the motive for the killing cannot be confirmed at this stage and police have opened a case of murder for investigation.

“Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist apprehend the suspects to please contact the nearest police station or call crime stop on 08600 10111. Information can also be given anonymously via MySAPS App that can be downloaded from any smartphone,” he said. 

Redi Tlhabi receives backlash over early reports  

On Saturday, Tlhabi posted an image of a bullet-ridden vehicle on Twitter, with many users emerging with contradictory information to her claim that “the Director of Service Delivery in Ekurhuleni Region was murdered in a hail of bullets last night. Shot at 28 times in Spruitview last night”. 

Several people corrected her version of events, and said that she had spread false information relating to the incident.

“The person that was murdered is Tebogo Makhoa, a Human Settlements official that was allegedly involved in the selling of RDP houses. Secondly, Ekurhuleni doesn’t have a “Director of Service Delivery,” wrote one user. 

“I did not post motive or reason for Teboho’s murder. I posted a fact, that he was shot at 28 times. That is not fake news. Are you really having a meltdown because of a title? It seems a disproportionate response to ‘Director: Service Delivery’ vs ‘Human Settlements Delivery’,” Tlhabi wrote in response.