Police have confirmed reports that Shaheed Omar, the nephew of struggle stalwart Dullah Omar has been shot dead.
Police Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that a 38-year-old man was fatally shot on the corner of Landsdowne and Jan Smuts Roads in Landsdowne on Thursday night at about 20:30.
"We are investigating a case of murder," Van Wyk told News24.
Tweets from Yusuf Abramjee indicated that Omar was shot dead in an attempted hijacking in Landsdowne, a suburb of Cape Town.
"That's all the information I have, but I'm updating my Twitter feed," Abramjee told News24 when called on Friday morning.
Julian Jansen, investigative journalist for Rapport, also tweeted that Omar was shot dead, posting images of police and a vehicle on his feed.
On August 4, the family released a statement saying that Omar, the first minister of justice in a democratic South Africa, "was a man of integrity, honesty and humility.
"No inducement of position, power or personal enrichment was powerful enough to change him.
"This contrasts sharply with the behaviour and actions in recent years of many ANC leaders and members, up to and including President Jacob Zuma."
The statement was in response to the ANC's march in defence of President Jacob Zuma.
Shaheed Omar, nephew of late Minister Dullah Omar, shot dead in Cape Town. pic.twitter.com/39ZLXmBwqe -- Julian Jansen (@JulianJansen) August 11, 2017
CORRECTION: Shaheed Omar, nephew of the late Minister Dullah Omar, has been shot dead in CTN. His father is Dr Adam Omar. @MbalulaFikile-- Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) August 10, 2017
#ShaheedOmar nephew of late ANC hero, MP Dullah Omar shot dead 6 days after Omar family spoke out against #JZ re #NoConfidence#CountryDuty pic.twitter.com/3qDNyWFWwR
-- Trending Crimes SA (@CICArsa) August 10, 2017