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SABC boss: hit probed

- NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za @Zwane_2li2ls Crime · South African Police Service

THE SABC’s head of le­gal ser­vices Sizwe Vi­lakazi was gunned down in a sus­pected hit at his liquor store in Tsakane, Ekurhu­leni, on Satur­day night.

Vi­lakazi, 42, was shot dead by three men who en­tered his bot­tle store. They did not steal any­thing, ac­cord­ing to Ekurhu­leni po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Thivhu­lawi Tshi­late.

Tsakane po­lice have ur­gently ap­pealed to the com­mu­nity for their as­sis­tance to help track down the gun­men.

The sus­pected hit took place at Madis­enke Liquor De­pot.

“On Satur­day at about 8.30pm, three armed men en­tered the store and shot Vi­lakazi through the counter. Noth­ing was stolen and the three men fled the scene in a blue VW Polo Vivo, with an un­known reg­is­tra­tion,” Tshi­late said.

“The vic­tim was cer­ti­fied dead by paramedics. The mo­tive for the shoot­ing is un­known. We are work­ing around the clock to bring the sus­pects to book,” Tshi­late added.

The SABC board, man­age­ment and staff sent their con­do­lences to the Vi­lakazi fam­ily and friends.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago told The Star that some mem­bers of the board had gone to visit the fam­ily. They were dev­as­tated by the at­tack on their loved one.

“Vi­lakazi will be re­mem­bered for his im­mense con­tri­bu­tion to the SABC. He was ded­i­cated to his work and en­trusted with a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity of head­ing the SABC’s le­gal di­vi­sion,” Kganyago said.

Vi­lakazi had served the or­gan­i­sa­tion as a se­nior le­gal ad­viser in 2008, and in 2016 he was ap­pointed as head of le­gal ser­vices at the pub­lic broad­caster.

“Vi­lakazi was a re­mark­able le­gal mind with an ex­cep­tional in­tu­ition and work ethic,” he said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call the SAPS on 011 363 5300. In­for­ma­tion can also be re­ported anony­mously to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS line 32211.

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