Hawks hit roadblock on ANC Western Cape leader’s murder

CAPE TOWN –The Hawks in the Western Cape have appealed to the public for information that might lead to the arrest of suspects involved in the killing of Elese Depoutch, a former ANC ward councilor.

“Credible information that would ensure that the gunmen are brought to book will be rewarded,” said Captain Phila Nkwalase in a statement on Thursday.

However, he did not say how much would be offered as a reward.

He said Elese, who was also ANC provincial executive committee member in the Western Cape, was fatally wounded in Crossroads, outside Cape Town, as he was driving into his house with his wife on Tuesday night at about 20:30.

“His wife survived a gunshot wound on her right shoulder,” Nkwalase said.

The motive for the killing is a subject for the Hawks investigation, he added.

Anyone who has information is urged to call the Hawks’ investigation officer on 071 481 3415.

Spokesperson of the ANC Western Cape, Yonela Diko said: “At this stage we don’t want to speculate. We also want the police investigation to come with credible information before we can talk about it further.”

The provincial ANC officials posted a statement and said Depoutch would be remembered for his resilience, patience and “indomitable spirit”.

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