Satawu (South African Transport and Allied Workers Union) Gauteng secretary gunned down in Germiston
The Gauteng secretary of Satawu (SA Transport and Allied Workers Union), Chris Nkosi, was shot and killed in Germiston on Monday, at about 6.30pm.
Lieut-Col Lungelo Dlamini, spokesman for the Gauteng Provincial SAPS, told the GCN that Germiston police officers discovered Nkosi’s vehicle standing in the middle of the road, at the corner of Russel and Wits Rifles roads.
“Upon investigation the police officers found bullet holes in the driver’s side of the vehicle and saw the driver inside,” Dlamini said.
Pine Pienaar, the vice-chairman of the Lambton Klip Sector Four CPF told the GCN that one of the CPF’s patrollers and his wife were on their way home when they stopped behind a Toyota at the intersection.
“Suddenly a white BMW pulled up next to the Toyota and shots were fired,” Pienaar said.
“The BMW then sped off.”
Pienaar added that the patroller immediately got out of his vehicle to take charge of the scene and notified other CPF members.
“He and another CPF member helped a paramedic who was also three vehicles behind the Toyota to do CPR on the victim, while other CPF members cordoned off the area and started directing traffic,” he said.
“Due to the CPF’s radios and Whatsapp group the scene was quickly under control.”
Danielle Dooley, the spokesman for EMER-G-MED, said that an off-duty EMER-G-MED paramedic, who was on his way home, witnessed the shooting three vehicles ahead of him at the intersection.
“The shooting occurred as the traffic light turned green and the suspects sped off,” said Dooley.
“Within minutes a police vehicle that was driving past stopped on the scene.
“The EMER-G-MED medic immediately went to assist and on assessment he found that the victim, a man in his 40s, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was in a critical condition.
“He started resuscitation and EMER-G-MED paramedics and provincial services who arrived on scene continued to resuscitate the patient for over 30 minutes.
“Tragically, he was declared dead on scene.”
Dlamini told the GCN that after the police had interviewed witnesses they confirmed that a white BMW was used in the attack, but no one managed to get the registration number.
He also confirmed that the victim was Nkosi and that he was shot several times and died on the scene.
“Currently, we don’t know the motivation for the shooting and are investigating the matter,” he said.
“No arrests have been made.”
Vincent Masoga, the spokesman for Satawu said that at this stage they still do not know what happened and they are letting the police handle the situation.
He added that Nkosi knew his life was in danger and they are encouraging union members to remain calm.
A more detailed statement is expected to be released later today.