Sedibeng municipal manager, Stanley Khanyile has been shot dead.
He was reportedly shot multiple times while sitting in his car at Meyersdal Square in Alberton, south of Johannesburg.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear, but it’s understood he succumbed to his wounds after being shot six times.
The motive for the killing is still unclear at this stage.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said a manhunt has been launched following the fatal shooting of the 52-year-old.
"According to information from the scene, at around midday on Saturday 3 October 2020, the deceased was in a vehicle parked at a shopping centre on corner Hennie Alberts Road and Michelle Avenue in Meyersdal, Alberton when a suspect fired multiple shots at him. The suspect is reported to have moved away from the scene and jumped into a nearby Toyota Cressida, gold in colour with unknown registration numbers.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have information that could lead to the apprehension of the suspect, or suspects is urged to contact their nearest police station or to call the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111. All information will be treated confidentially," Peters said.
He was embroiled in a multi-million rand fraud, theft and money laundering court case. Khanyile and two others were due to appear in court again on 16 October.
He is the former Eastern Cape social development head of department.