Marc Batchelor: Former South Africa footballer shot dead

Marc Batchelor was shot dead in his car as he arrived home in Olivedale, Johannesburg, at around 6pm on Monday.

The former South Africa footballer Marc Batchelor has been shot dead near his home in Johannesburg. Batchelor shot to fame after playing for the Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.

Reports have stated "He was attacked by two men who were driving a motorbike," a police spokesman Col Lungelo Dlamini told South African Broadcasting Corporation. "He was about to drive into his premises. The suspects shot several times at him." Dlamini added: "He died inside the car and they drove away without taking anything. "At this stage, we are still investigating what the motive for the attack was and these suspects have not yet been identified."

Photos shared on social media showed the car windscreen riddled with bullet holes. Batchelor, a former striker with South African side Kaizer Chiefs, had previously feuded with Pistiorius before the Paralympian was jailed for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The ex-footballer claimed "blade runner" Pistorius threatened to break his legs after believing he had slept with his then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor.

Dlamini also told eNCA news Batchelor was travelling with a gardener, who was unharmed.

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