Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela Metro ward councillor Buyisile Mkavu was shot dead in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, on Saturday night, police said on Sunday.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei said someone approached his vehicle from the passenger side and fired a shot through an open window at Mkavu's upper body.
Mkavu died at the scene of the shooting on Mlawu Street, Angola section just after 9pm.
Crime scene experts were helping detectives on the scene and so far a motive for the shooting is not known.
No arrests have been made.
According to previous reports on the HeraldLive and DispatchLive, Mkavu had been head of the human settlements committee and during protests in demand of land, he has been threatened with death, been stoned, and had his car rocked by a group of protesters.
He also led a task team to intervene in violence in Motherwell, according to a previous statement by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. - Sapa