The fifth accused Tshianeo Munyai has appeared in Malamulele Magistrates’ Court Limpopo, for the murder of the Collins Chabane Municipality Mayor, Councilor Moses Maluleka (56). He is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.


Initially, only four suspects were arrested and appeared in court, and they all abandoned their bail applications. The incident took place in Xikundu Village, on 21 July 2022. The accused allegedly shot and killed Maluleke, at his homestead, while he was with his 18-year-old son.

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The matter is adjourned to 19 September 2022. This is for the accused to secure a legal representative and to join the other four accused.

Maluleke was shot dead and his son was wounded at their home in Saselemani village. It is allegded that three gunmen entered his home and demanded money from the mayor and his son. When the two refused to comply, the men opened fire.

The mayor succumbed to his injuries on the scene, while his 18-year-old son, who was also wounded, survived.

Police National Commissioner Fannie Masemola has asked provincial commissioner Thembi Hadebe to use maximum resources to apprehend those responsible.