Execution of ANC councillor recalled in High Court

Buyisile Mkavu stands with the car in which he was shot dead
Buyisile Mkavu stands with the car in which he was shot dead

ANC officials packed the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday where the man accused of executing councillor Buyisile Mkavu appeared briefly.

Bongani Cagwe, 30, of Khayelitsha, allegedly walked up to Mkavu’s vehicle on August 2 last year and shot him in the chest.

A friend of Mkavu, who was also in the vehicle at the time, witnessed the shooting.

The case was postponed to January 28 for a trial date to be set.

Mkavu was an ANC councillor and human settlements portfolio chairman. It is believed he was on the verge of uncovering massive corruption in the human settlements department, a possible motive for his murder.

Cagwe faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to the indictment, Mkavu and a friend had been driving around KwaNobuhle on the day.

Mkavu was constantly on the phone, either talking or texting.

“His friend made inquiries as to the nature of this, but was told it did not concern him,” the indictment reads.

It is alleged the friend then saw Cagwe walk up to their vehicle, which was parked in Mlawu Street, and called out Mkavu’s name.

As Mkavu looked up, Cagwe allegedly fired several shots through the open window and ran away.

Mkavu died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

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