To some he was a hero who fought for the rights of people to move freely around their areas. To others, Nick Karvelas was a menace.
ANC councillor Neil Diamond, whom Karvelas was investigating, said that while he sympathised with Karvelas's family, he believed the community would be relieved.
"I think any crime-related death is a tragedy, but I don't think the community of Alberton will find themselves in a tearful position after his death.
"Nick Karvelas was a trouble-maker with a methodology that involved character assassination. I will be very surprised if his death was not a hit," he said.
Karvelas had apparently reported Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride to the Public Protector because McBride would not open the booms in a suburb in the area - Alberante - to let other people, other than the residents, enter the gated community.
"He was hated in his own neighbourhood," Diamond said.
By Anna Louw The Star