A 38-year-old Roman Catholic Church pastor was shot dead inside his church in Tzaneen after a morning prayer session on Wednesday. The incident took place at around 07:00.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. He was fatally shot by an unidentified assailant inside the church in Aquer Park.

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Initial findings suggest that following a morning prayer session, the victim proceeded to the changing room. He was followed by an unknown male suspect. Tragically, the suspect shot the priest twice in the head before fleeing the scene.

Upon receiving the distress call, both the Police and Emergency Medical Services responded promptly. The victim was also swiftly transported to a nearby hospital. He was tragically pronounced dead upon arrival.

Tzaneen Roman Catholic pastor shot dead inside his church
Tzaneen Town


The South African Police Service in Limpopo has launched an extensive manhunt. “In light of this shocking incident, the Provincial Commissioner has tasked the Murder and Robbery Unit to lead the investigation and apprehend the perpetrator responsible for this deplorable crime,” said the Limpopo Police.

“A case of murder has been opened, and at this stage, the motive behind this tragic incident remains unknown.

Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has expressed profound shock and dismay over this heinous act. She also immediately ordered a thorough and swift investigation into the murder.

“We appeal to members of the community who may possess any information related to the incident to come forward and assist the investigation. You are urged to contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or also Warrant Officer Phaladi Makola at 082 749 2233.

“Alternatively, individuals can report to their nearest police station or reach out to the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.”

“Rest assured that all information provided will be handled with the utmost confidentiality,” said the Police.