The African National Congress has confirmed that its member of Parliament Sibusiso Radebe was shot dead in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Tuesday night.
"It did happen… we are sending a statement now," ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu told News24 on Wednesday morning.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Kay Makhubela said a manhunt has been launched for two men believed to be responsible for the murder.
“Police have launched a search for two suspects believed to be responsible for the murder of a 40-year-old male victim in Roodepoort‚ Johannesburg west. The incident is said to have taken place on Tuesday evening‚ 19 June 2018‚ at about 7.30pm‚" he said in a statement.
“Preliminary reports indicate that the deceased was with another person in a vehicle parked in Carbon Street‚ Lindhaven‚ when two suspects allegedly approached the vehicle and opened fire‚ fatally wounding the deceased‚ while his companion managed to escape uninjured.
“The suspects then reportedly made off in a Ford Fiesta‚ dark in colour‚ with unknown registration.
“The motive is unknown‚ and the police investigation is under way‚” said Makhubela.
Police are appealing to members of the public to assist with information towards identifying the suspects.
Political observers have begun commenting on the murder‚ with one stating: "We got to stop the war of political killings . . . goodnight honorable comrade (name removed) incumbent member of parliament".