THE family of senior South African Human Settlements Department official Teboho Makhoa is struggling to come to terms with his brutal death.
He was killed after his car was shot 28 times.
His car was found in the middle of the road in Spruitview, Ekurhuleni, on Saturday morning, 5 June.
Teboho’s brother, Khehla, told Daily Sun: “Everything is tense. The family is so depressed.
“I was woken up in the early hours of Saturday morning. A police officer saw his car and called one of his friends. We were called to identify the car and went to the scene where it happened.”
Khehla said it seemed as if people were following his brother as the car was shot at from behind.
“They blocked the car. When we arrived at the scene, the engine was still running. We couldn’t turn it off as we were waiting for the police,” he said.
“He died at the steering wheel. Of the 28 bullets shot, 14 were directed at his head, but some missed.”
Khehla said when he saw his brother’s body in the car, he was filled with confusion and couldn’t do anything. He described his brother as a peace-loving and caring person who always helped the family and the community.
Teboho’s friend, Steward Masela, said he was devastated.
“I’ve lost a friend and a pillar of strength,” he said.
“I want to remember him for who he was and not what was done to him. He loved life and his family. The project he worked on as a principled man, getting people into the right houses, will not stop.”
Steward said at the time of his death, Teboho was fighting for RDP houses to be allocated fairly to the rightful owners.
Police spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo said the matter was being investigated by the provincial murder and robbery unit.
“A case of murder was opened but there are no suspects yet. The motive is still unknown,” he said.