Popular comedian and DJ, Peter “Mashata” Mabuse, was killed in a hail of bullets after he finished a performance in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to his family, Mabuse was driving a bakkie when gunmen attacked him.

“The family is appreciative of all the messages of support and condolences that have started to flow in and humbly request that they be given the space and time to deal with the trauma,” said his manager Gugu Ngubeni in a statement on Sunday.

“The family representative will keep you posted on both the memorial and funeral service during the course of the week.”

Gauteng police spokesperson Col Noxolo Kweza said they had opened a case of murder and attempted murder after the shooting incident involving two men aged 46 and 45 years old.

“One victim died in hospital while the other was injured. The two victims were driving near TUT [Tshwane University of Technology] in Soshanguve when shots were fired at their vehicle. The suspects fled and police are following several leads,” said Kweza.

According to his weekend gig guide, Mashata was at Epozini Lifestyle in Soshanguve on Saturday for an All Black with Mashata event.