Former soccer star Marc Batchelor shot dead outside Johannesburg home

15 July 2019 - 21:06 By Nico Gous
Former Bafana striker Marc Batchelor was shot dead outside his Johannesburg home.
Former Bafana striker Marc Batchelor was shot dead outside his Johannesburg home.
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Former Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns striker Marc Batchelor was shot dead on Monday night near his Johannesburg home.

Police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini said two men on a motorcycle shot Batchelor, “before he could drive into his premises at Olivedale after 6pm”.

Dlamini confirmed that Batchelor was the victim in the shooting, and that the retired footballer's family had been informed.

“He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene. The motive for the attack is unknown at this stage as nothing was taken. No suspects have been identified.”

When TimesLIVE phoned a number belonging to Batchelor's brother, Warren, a woman answered and said the family was still at the scene and "trying to deal with what has happened".

Pictures of the scene last night showed at least seven bullet holes in the car's window, and at least one other bullet hole in the driver's door panel.

Around three hours after the incident, police security was still tight at the scene on Market Road. Only marked vehicles were allowed to enter the area.

The end of the road was populated with journalists, onlookers and neighbours who were prevented from accessing their homes as it was an active crime scene.

About 70m from where reporters had gathered stood Batchelor's car. The white BMW X5 had its door open, and occasionally people peered in. In the front, slumped over, was Batchelor's body. Blood had trickled down his tattooed arm and dried near his wrist.

Two of Batchelor’s former teammates on Monday night reminisced about the time they spent with him during their playing days.

Pollen Ndlanya, who played with the towering forward, said Batchelor was a dedicated player who always wanted to help the club win silverware.

“He would always redouble his efforts at training and during matches. He made an invaluable contribution to football and would always give young players advice,” Ndlanya told TimesLIVE's sister publication, Sowetan.

“People misunderstood him for being arrogant because of his outspokenness. Yes, he was short-tempered but that didn't make him arrogant. He would also question the coach if he was not given game time. But again, he wasn’t arrogant.

"May his soul rest in eternal peace," said Ndlanya.

Steve Lekoelea, who played with Batchelor at Pirates, also acknowledged the striker's commitment as a player.

“He was a player who was always looking forward to the next training session. He wanted to win, and losing was not part of his vocabulary,” Lekoelea said.

“He wanted to perfect his game and he was a team player. I’m devastated by his passing away.”

- Additional reporting by Alex Patrick and Mcelwa Nchabeleng.

News of former footballer Marc Batchelor's murder sent shockwaves across SA after he was gunned down near his Johannesburg home on July 15 2019 after 6pm. Here's what we know so far.