In a brutal twist female ANC councilor shot dead in Winterveld by unknown suspects on Wednesday night, while she was driving with her kids in the car.
The Police have confirmed the passing of ward 19 councilor Esther Matumane, saying it happened at 7:15pm.
This particular incident occurred at least four months after a Soshanguve councillor Simphiwe Montlha was killed outside his home.
Tshwane ANC chairperson Kgosi Maepa said: “We were told by the family that councillor Esther received a call to go out of the house before she was shot.”
Maepa said Matumane was driving with a gentleman in a car and also with her three children.
On her way she was stopped by one of the locals, who asked her about a faulty meter.
Maepa said she was ambushed by unknown suspects in two cars – a Renault and a VW Polo.
“They took out a 9mm rifle and started shooting at random.
“She was shot with nine bullets. The gentleman in the passenger seat was shot in the leg,” he said.
According to Maepa, Matumane at that stage drove away from the scene, but she unfortunately hit a wall because she was losing consciousness.
“The children were hurt but they are alive, one was hurt on the mouth and the other on the leg,” he said.
Maepa said Matumane would be missed as a councilor, who was dedicated to mobilising her community behind the ANC.
“She was somebody who was very responsive to the community,” he said.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Sarah Molami said Matumane was badly injured and was rushed to Legae hospital, where she was certified dead.
A case of murder had been opened at Loate police station and police investigations were under way.
The police is still in a hunt for the suspects.