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Chief gunned down near the airport, his driver injured and police investigates


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - Chief Clyde Mnisi (37) from Bohlabela in the Ehlanzeni District was fatally shot next to Kruger-Mpumalanga International (KMI) Airport. The incident occurred on the Airport Road near White River in the evening of yesterday, Sunday 26 March 2023 around 23:10. His driver sustained some injuries on the leg after being shot during this incident, however he survived to tell the fate.

According to the report, Chief Mnisi together with his driver were travelling in a Toyota Avanza when they had a puncture. Whilst waiting for assistance it is alleged that a group of about five heavily armed men wearing balaclavas and gloves came in a BMW X5. They then alighted from the vehicle with high calibre rifles and went straight to the passenger side where the chief was seating. It is further reported that they then uttered some words to the chief before they began shooting. The chief sustained multiple gunshot wounds and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Thereafter the suspects reportedly fled the scene in their BMW. The driver is said to be receiving medical treatment from his injuries.

Police in White River were alerted about the incident and upon arrival, a case of murder with an additional charge of attempted murder was opened and is under investigation. No one has been arrested so far and police urge anyone with information that may assist in apprehending the perpetrators to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Major General Zeph Mkhwanazi has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of the Chief. "The team of investigators are working around the clock to ensure that all perpetrators of this heinous crime are swiftly brought to book" said the General.


Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
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