Richards Bay Minerals general manager Nico Swart was shot and killed in a drive by shooting early on Monday Morning.
SAPS regional spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele said Swart was shot while on his way to work in Meerensee in Richards Bay.
“It is alleged that at about 6:45 this morning, the deceased was shot while driving in his car on his way to work at the corner of Dune and Kolstert Road by three unknown men who were on foot,” Mbele said.
“He died at the scene. The motive is unknown and the matter is still under investigation,” she said.
Richards Bay Minerals said in a statement on Monday morning: “Colleagues, it is with great sadness that we learnt this morning of the tragic death of Nico Swart, GM Operational Services, who was shot and killed on his way to work.”
“At this stage the circumstances around the shooting are unknown and the incident is being investigated by the SAPS. Our deepest condolences go to Nico’s family and his colleagues during this sad time. We call for calm and respect as the incident is investigated. As further details come to light, we will keep you informed,” RBM said in the statement.
The Zululand Observer reported on Monday that shooting was an assassination. “Swart was shot and killed on his way to work when more than 20 high-caliber bullets were sprayed into his vehicle on the corner of Dune Road and Kolstertkring in Meerensee shortly before 7am.”
According to the Zululand Observer the incident took place on a very busy road “presumably in the presence of many vehicles and pedestrians and resulted in a significant peak hour traffic jam”.