"She would not have died had I not taken ill," the husband of slain deputy mayor of Mpumalanga's Govan Mbeki Municipality lamented.
Bafana Khanye, husband of Thandi Paulina Mtshweni, 43, of Leslie, said his wife had cancelled a trip to Nelspruit to attend a course because he had fallen ill.
Leslie police confirmed the incident, saying Mtshweni, who was also the councillor for Ward 3, was shot three times as she arrived home with her husband and their son Zwelakhe, 13, on Wednesday night.
No arrests have been made and the motive for the killing was still unknown yesterday.
Local station commissioner Magotleng Kanyane said police were following leads that could lead to an arrest.
Khanye said a stranger was allegedly seen stalking the house a day before the killing and even asked about the whereabouts of the family members from a man who had come to see Khanye.
Khanye said the attack happened while he was parking the car in the garage and Zwelakhe was walking towards his mother. The man instructed the boy to be quiet before shooting his mother and ran away. She died at the scene.
The killing was condemned yesterday by the provincial and local ANC branches.
The ANC's Paul Mbunyane said the organisation condemned the killing in the strongest possible terms and called on the police to speed up the investigations.
Messages of condolence were received from residents, who visited the family yesterday and shortly after the shooting.
Other messages of support came from Mtshweni's colleagues in the Govan Mbeki Municipality and local members of the ANC.