The ANC in the Western Cape has expressed shock at the murder of former Vrygrond ANC branch chairperson, Peter Mgutyana, who was shot dead in his home in Muizenberg on Tuesday night.
At the time of his death, Mgutyana was the chairperson of the Phumlani Civic Association, a pressure group that has been protesting for decent housing in the Western Cape for the past couple of years.
The ANC in the province referred to him as an “admired, dedicated, committed and respected leader”.
“The news of comrade Mgutyana’s death came as a big shock. He was a tireless activist who did not fear confronting gangsters or the City of Cape Town in the interest of his community,” said ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs.
Appeal for calm
Mgutyana, according to the ANC, was at the forefront of campaigns for housing. He also had the wellbeing of the youth at heart and, despite threats, had been determined to keep young people out of reach of gangsters.
Jacobs appealed for calm in Vrygrond, calling on the police to prioritise the investigation into his murder.
“We want to extend our condolences to his family and his community.”
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said circumstances of the incident were still under investigation and that a murder case has been opened.
“All possible leads are being followed and there are no arrests as yet,” said Van Wyk.