Cape Town – Police are investigating after a Mpumalanga chief Clyde Mnisi, 37, was killed in a hail of bullets on Sunday.
The incident occurred just after 11pm on the road leading to the Kruger Mpumalanga International airport, near White River.
His driver sustained some injuries on his leg, police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said.
Mohlala said Mnisi and his driver were travelling in a Toyota Avanza when they had a flat tyre and were ambushed by gunmen while waiting for help.
“They were travelling in a Toyota Avanza when they had a puncture, whilst waiting for assistance it is alleged that a group of about five heavily armed men wearing balaclavas and gloves came in a BMW X5.
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“They then alighted from the vehicle with high-calibre rifles and went straight to the passenger side where the chief was seating. It is further reported that they then uttered some words to the chief before they began shooting.
“The chief sustained multiple gunshot wounds and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries, thereafter the suspects reportedly fled the scene, a case of murder and attempted murder is under investigation,” Mohlala said.
He said no arrests had been made.
Mnisi was chief of the Mnisi tribal authority in Bushbuckridge, which has 11 villages under its authority. He became chief last October.