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Mpumalanga woman murdered by partner Photo: Stock/Canva

Nelspruit: Jealous ex-boyfriend murders woman, wounds partner

According to SAPS Mpumalanga, the woman was sitting in a car with her boyfriend when they were shot at multiple times

murder Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga woman murdered by partner Photo: Stock/Canva

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for a suspect, in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

According to SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Selvy Mohlala, the 32-year-old woman was sitting in a vehicle with her boyfriend, who is the same age as she is, when they were shot at multiple times in Nelspruit on Thursday evening, 20 October 2022.

“Allegations revealed that the couple stopped adjacent a local shop and one of their friends who was also on board alighted from the car and went to the shop. According to the friend, she saw two suspects who are known to her, hiding behind the trees where the victims were parked. The friend watched attentively when she came from the shop and saw the two suspects advancing towards the victims’vehicle,” Mohlala said.


The woman and her boyfriend were transported to hospital for treatment, but the suspect’s ex-girlfriend unfortunately succumbed to her injuries.

“One victim, a miraculous survivor, was shot on his right arm, whilst his girlfriend was not so lucky as she was fatally wounded after countless hail of bullets were pumped into her helpless body,” Mohlala said.

A preliminary investigation led to the arrest of a 35 year old suspect who was with the deceased ex-boyfriend.

The victim’s ex-boyfriend is still on the run, but police are doing their best to bring him to book, Mohlala said.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela condemned such a violent Gender Based Violence crime and added that it is about time that community members resort to much more peaceful ways of solving their differences rather than resorting to violence.

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