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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist

Cops launch manhunt after businessman gunned down in Rustenburg

The businessman was shot several times.

Police in Rustenburg have launched a manhunt following the death of a 49-year-old businessman who was allegedly gunned down by unknown suspects.

It is understood the businessman had just arrived at a coffee shop in the Rustenburg central business district (CBD) on Wednesday, 23 August 2023, when the suspects attacked him.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the man was shot several times.

“The suspects then fled the scene with a blue Volkswagen Polo vehicle. The getaway car was later found abandoned at the corner of Helen Joseph and Lourie streets.

“The motive of the incident is yet to be determined and no arrest has been effected. Investigations into the matter are underway,” Mokgwabone said.


Mokgwabone has also urged the public to refrain from the sharing the video of the shooting on social media.

“We would like to urge members of the community who are using various social media platforms to share pictures and video clips purported to be those of the suspects, to refrain from doing that as this has the potential to jeopardise the investigation.”

Police have urged anyone with information that can assist in the investigation to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

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Wanted suspect

Meanwhile, the Hawks have appealed to the public for information surrounding the whereabouts of a 55-year-old man wanted in connection with fraud, theft, and money laundering at Eskom worth millions of rands.

It is understood Patric Patrese Jones allegedly colluded with 41-year-old Thandeka Innocentia Nkosi, who was working for Eskom as a senior buyer in April 2013 to defraud the parastatal of at least R14.7 million.

The Hawks’ spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said during their investigation it was established the family of Jones and his girlfriend were involved in the process of allegedly defrauding the embattled power utility.

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