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Port Elizabeth -

The bodyguard of the Nelson Mandela metro's deputy mayor has been shot by two unknown men, Eastern Cape police said Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Dumile Gwavu said the 44-year-old man was approached by two unknown men around 9pm on Monday evening.

He is the bodyguard of deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi.

“The men drew firearms and a shootout ensued. The bodyguard was hit in the upper body,” Gwavu said.

He said the man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was stable.

“The two men fled with the bodyguard's firearm, wallet and cellphone.”

Police were investigating a case of armed robbery.

Gwavu said no arrests had been made. - Sapa