The family of provincial development chief of staff Sakhekile Ndudula are in shock after he was shot dead at his East London home yesterday.
Ndudula was shot eight timesas he was preparing to leave hishouse for work early yesterday.
Provincial police spokesman Captain Khaya Tonjeni said itwas believed that a backyard tenant at Ndulula’s house in Cambridge called a neighbour when he saw Ndulula slumped against his vehicle in the driveway, with blood all over his upper body.
“He was taken to hospital for medical treatment where he succumbed to his wounds,” Tonjeni said.
Ndudula’s younger brother, Xolisa said the family was still in shock.“We have been dealt a heavy blow.
We are shocked and saddened by my brother’s murder,” he said.
Reporters found about 10 police vehicles parked in the area, the front yard cordoned off and a team of police forensic officials investigating the crime scene.
Senior officials –including Department of Social Development head Stanley Khanyile, former education chief Mthunywa Ngonzo and ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane – gathered outside as horrified passers-by and neighbours watched.
Provincial government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the Eastern Cape mourned his death.
“On behalf of the provincial government we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues.
“The motive for this brutal attack is not yet known.
“We appeal to the police to leave no stone unturned in identifying and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book,” he said.
Mabuyane said the party was concerned about the high rate of crime.“[It] is taking its toll,” he said.
“These days, people do not fear [entering] someone’s house and murdering.
“Day by day our society is characterised by these worrying things.
“Clearly this is done by people that we live with.
“They know us, they study our movements, they know where you usually go and your daily routine.
“But we will wait for police to finish their investigation.”
A neighbour said she had heard gunshots before 7am.
She was shocked to learn that Ndudula was the victim of the shooting.
Tonjeni appealed to anyone who had information on the shooting to contact Warrant Officer
Raoul Petzer on 071-075-1641.
“Information can be shared anonymously on SAPS Crime Stop 08600-10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211. All information will be treated as confidential,” he said.