Zanele Mkhonto, 28, is suspected of murdering her apparent boyfriend who is a police officer. PHOTO: Hawks

‘Girlfriend’ of KILLED police officer remains in jail until bail hearing

Zanele Mkhonto, is remanded in custody for allegedly killing the police officer who is believed to have been her boyfriend.


Zanele Mkhonto, 28, is suspected of murdering her apparent boyfriend who is a police officer. PHOTO: Hawks

The woman alleged to have killed a police officer remains in jail until her formal bail application later this month.

The Hawks have taken over the murder case of a police officer who was brutally gunned down allegedly by his girlfriend.

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Zanele Mkhonto, 28, appeared before Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of shooting and killing a police officer. Her appearance was for legal aid representation.

Her matter was transferred from KaNyamazane Magistrate’s Court, where she appeared on Wednesday.

This after the Hawks took over the murder case, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

“She was remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 23 August 2022 for formal bail application.”

Mkhonto is allegedly behind the shooting and murder of Sergeant Mandlenkosi Happy Thwala, 45.

“The [Hawks] provincial head… Major General Zodwa Mokoena confirmed that the case of the late officer… is with the Hawks Mpumalanga,” Sekgotodi said.

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The police officer, Sergeant Mandlenkosi Happy Thwala, was found dead with five gunshot wounds. PHOTO: SAPS

On the morning of Wednesday, 3 August, a neighbour found Thwala dead in his house Gedlembane, Pienaar in Mpumalanga.

Police in Pienaar were called to the scene where the neighbour alleged that she received a call from the Thwala’s mother, requesting the neighbour to check on her son. The mother said she suspects her son might have been murdered, said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

“Upon the police’s arrival, they found him motionless, laying in his bed with visible gunshot wounds on his body.”

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala

Thwala was shot five times apparently by his own service pistol. He was found with two gunshot wounds to the head and three to the upper body.

“The medical services were summoned to the scene but unfortunately, he was certified dead,” said Mohlala.”


Two cartridges were found on the floor and his green VW Polo Classic, his service pistol and cellphone were also missing. They were all found abandoned in the bushes.

A murder case with an additional charge of robbery is being investigated.

Mkhonto, who is believed to be the late police officer’s girlfriend, was found within 24 hours, hiding at another man’s house.

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The Hawks head Mokoena appealed to the community to work with the police in sharing information that might assist during the investigation. Anyone with information should contact the investigating officer Warrant Officer Albert De Lange on 071 481 2815. All information will be treated with confidentiality.