Former soccer star shot in South Africa

By Hassan Isilow

JOHANNESBURG (AA) – Former prominent South African footballer Marc Batchelor, was shot dead on Monday night near his Johannesburg home.

Police Spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that two men on a motorcycle shot Batchelor, before he could drive into his premises. He said the former football star, was shot several times while in his car.

Dlamini said at the time of his death, the former Chiefs, Pirates, Kaizer and Sundowns striker was travelling with his gardener.

Police said they are investigating into the reasons behind the shootout.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with over 50 deaths recorded every day.