Chronicle of a death foretold

Chronicle of a death foretold

Political assassinations  (Part 2)

There are curious aspects to all the political assassinations recounted in the first part of this story in nose206, but none have as many peculiar features as the murder of Moss Phakoe, who was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Rustenburg Noord in March 2009.

The general election campaign of that year was in progress and Phakoe  had spent much of the day putting up ANC posters. The afternoon was hot, as Rustenburg afternoons often are, and he would have been tired and sweaty. It seems likely that he did not notice the killers making their way down his driveway or, if he did, thought nothing of it. What is certain is that he had not moved from his seat behind the steering wheel by the time the first shot was fired. When his family found him, Moss’s body was leaning, lifeless, against the steering wheel. He had wounds in his head and chest.

“It all started with service-delivery protests,” recalls his lifelong friend and fellow unionist Solly Phetoe.

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