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Police launch a manhunt after a magistrate is murdered

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


MBIZANA - The cold-blooded killing of Mt Aylif Magistrate in the evening of the 12 November 2022, in Mbizana has prompted the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thandiswa Kupiso to immediately set up a task team of investigators to track and trace the culprits, whilst ordering the activation of the 72-hour mobilisation plan for the speedy arrest of the suspects involved in the killing incident.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that, the 38-year-old deceased Magistrate was traveling from a local village together with her husband and children where they went to drop off their mother. As they were driving towards Nomlacu locality, near Faith Mission Church, a white Ford Ranger double cab appeared and pretended to be overtaking their vehicle.  Unidentified occupants started shooting at the family’s vehicle. As a result of the shooting, a woman believed to be a Mt Ayliff Magistrate, allegedly succumbed to gunshot injuries sustained in the upper body, whilst the husband suffered serious gunshot wounds in the lower and upper body. A 13-year-old son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also suffered injuries. A 10-year-old survived during the incident.

It is alleged that the husband, who was a driver at the time, did not stop, but proceeded to a nearby hospital for medical attention. The motive for the attack on the couple is not known at this stage. However, the police have registered a case of murder and three cases of attempted murder for investigation. No arrest has been made at this stage. Investigation continues.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects, is kindly requested to please contact the nearest police station or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. All the information provided will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.


Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana