Ex-South Africa soccer star is assassinated outside his home on Monday
Former player whose legs Oscar Pistorius once threatened to break in a row over a woman is shot dead by two hitmen at his home
Police in Johannesburg have opened a murder investigation after former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player Mark Batchelor, is gunned down
Two men riding motorbikes shot him outside home in Olivedale, Johannesburg
Batchelor died at the scene
Motive for the attack is not known and no arrests hav been made
Mark Bachelor was shot dead by two motorbike assassins as he pulled into his Johannesburg home around 6 pm on Monday
A former South African soccer star who was once threatened by Oscar Pistorius has been shot and killed outside his home in a suspected assassination.
Mark Batchelor was gunned down by two men on motorbikes as he pulled into his driveway in Olivedale, Johannesburg, around 6 pm on Monday.
Police say they have opened a murder investigation.
Photographs being circulated on social media show the windscreen of Bachelor’s Suv riddled with bullets.
Batchelor had previously claimed that Oscar Pistorious had threatened to break his legs in a row over a woman, and was present during his court case for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steencamp.
Mark Bachelor seen [sitting], attending Oscar Pistorius’ 2014 sentencing following his conviction for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steencamp to death, once accused the Blade Runner of threatening to ‘break his legs’ in a row over a woman
Former Olympian Oscar ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius [right], allegedly threatened to break Bachelor’s legs because he believed the pro-soccer player was sleeping with his then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor [left]
Investigators say the motive for Monday shooting is yet to be identified, and they are yet to identify a suspect.
Batchelor would regularly sit with Steenkamp’s family during proceedings.
Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet, later saying that he thought she was an intruder.
Former striker Batchelor played for a number of top clubs in South Africa , including Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
He is perhaps best remembered for being part of the Pirates team that won the continental African Champions League tournament in 1995.
Gun ownership is legal in South Africa, subject to background checks, a competency test, and a police licence.
However, rampant gang violence in cities such as Johannesburg coupled with up to 60,000 lost or stolen firearms, have combined to produce an epidemic of violence.
Many of these weapons and ammunition were stolen from security forces.
Ineffective policing and corruption within forces is also a major contributing factor, the study notes.