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Marc Batchelor death: Ex-South African football star shot dead in his car

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/07/2019 Sean Morrison

A former South African football star has been shot dead while driving in Johannesburg.

Marc Batchelor, former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player, was gunned down in his car on Monday evening, police confirmed.

He was fatally shot when two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on his vehicle in Olivedale, according to reports.

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The motive for the attack is not yet known and a murder investigation has been launched, South African news broadcaster eNCA reported.

Images circulated on social media showed a bullet-riddled window on what was reported to be Mr Batchelor's vehicle.

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Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told Soccer Laduma: "Yes, he was shot this evening by two men on a motorbike.”

"He died in his vehicle and nothing was taken. The motive is yet to be established, but we are investigating."

Former soccer player Marc Batchelor speaks on a mobile phone that has a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, ahead of the sentencing hearing of South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) Former soccer player Marc Batchelor speaks on a mobile phone that has a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, ahead of the sentencing hearing of South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)

No arrests have been made.

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