Reward for the arrest of chief's murderer
A TASK team has been established and a reward offered in an effort to track down the killer of a Limpopo chief at the weekend.
The team, led by members of the Hawks, has started with its investigations, while a R100000 reward has been offered for any information that could help the police make an arrest.
Chief Malekutu Edward Mamaila of the Phaphadi community in Bolobedu was shot and killed while attending a function in GaMaphalle on Saturday night. The assailant is still at large.
According to police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, the incident happened at about 10pm when Mamaila was chatting to a friend.
He said an unknown man emerged from the dark and grabbed the chief's friend. When Mamaila tried to intervene a shot was fired from the unknown man's gun, hitting Mamaila in the chest. He was taken to a local clinic where he was declared dead on arrival.
Ngoepe said a task team was already working "around the clock" to ensure that the killer was brought to book.
"As police we are worried about the killings that take place while people are enjoying themselves. We also want to urge community members going out to functions not to carry dangerous weapons because they will end up harming innocent people," he said.
At the time of going to print yesterday ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga was meeting the Mamaila Royal Council to discuss funeral arrangements for the late chief.
Meanwhile, Mamaila is not the only chief to have died in Limpopo. Chief Ravhura Makonde also passed away at the weekend and is set to be buried on Saturday in Vhembe district.
Makonde's body was found hanging in a storeroom at his home at Makonde village, police said.