East London - Nkosi Qaqambile Matanzima has died in an East London hospital after being stabbed, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Matanzima was stabbed on the N6 near Stutterheim on Monday and died in hospital later that day, said Lieutenant Siphokazi Mawisa.

“No one has been arrested yet, but police investigations are continuing.”

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape was shocked by Matanzima's death, spokesman Athol Trollip said in a statement.

“The DA wishes to express its condolences to the Matanzima family and the house of traditional leaders on the tragic death of chief Qaqambile Matanzima, only surviving son of former Transkei prime minister George Matanzima.”

Trollip said it was believed that Matanzima's attacker had posed as a hitchhiker.

On Wednesday, Eastern Cape traditional affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane called on police to do everything possible to arrest his assailant.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to 1/8Matanzima's 3/8 family, his Mtshanyane traditional council, community, and the members of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders.”

Sapa