Cape Town – SABC employees are in shock after one of their colleagues, Patrick Mgoqi, was murdered.
Mgoqi, who was an electrical / mechanical technician and manager, was killed Sunday night at a washing machine in Khayelitsha, the SABC reported.
It is believed that the 47-year-old Mgoqi, who grew up in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, tried to protect a young woman from attacks when he was murdered.
Western Cape police spokesman Joseph Swartbooi said Lingelethu West police were called to the scene on Sunday at 8.40pm.
Police were informed that a 47-year-old man who had sustained gunshot wounds was taken by family members to a medical facility, he said.
” The victim was pronounced dead on arrival by medical staff. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction and has yet to be arrested, ‘said Swartbooi.
The motive for the attack is unknown. Lingelethu West police are investigating a case of murder.
The SABC described Mgoqi as a loving and caring colleague dedicated to his work, family and friends, calling his death a great loss for the Western Cape region.
The public broadcaster said Mgoqi would be missed for his “cheerful character, playful nature and work ethic”.
Mgoqi leaves behind his mother, wife and three children, including those of his sister whom he cared for.
Appreciating the comments on social media after his death, Mgoqi clearly had an enormous impact on the lives of many people.
A colleague of Mgoqi posted a photo of him on Facebook and wrote: ” For Patrick Mgoqi who never stopped smiling on even his darkest days.
” You were so kind to me, so knowledgeable in what you did, and always a light in the corridors of the SABC. RIP my dear friend, I will miss you.
Another Facebook post read: ” Patrick’s spirit was unbearable. Through all the years he struggled with a kidney condition he always appeared.
” Even when he had a dialysis appointment later in the day, he would take care of things, go about things at work with characteristic lust.
” I admired him for that. Thank God I said this to him when I had the chance. I had a lot of love for this man.
” I got a lot of respect from him in return. He gave love and respect to everyone around him.