A Mpumalanga police officer was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his wife, who was also a SAPS member, on Thursday.
A 30-year-old female police Constable was allegedly shot and killed by husband in Bethal, Mpumalanga on Thursday, 24 June. The husband, 36, also happens to be a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The provincial acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla, denounced the act of gender-based violence.
The police constable was reportedly assaulted and shot by her husband in town on Thursday, according to SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
“Upon arrival at the scene, the victim was found with a gunshot wound and lying in a pool of blood, still bleeding profusely,” said Hlathi.
Unfortunately, the woman was declared dead by paramedics at the scene and a murder docket was opened. The husband was immediately arrested.
Later, the police discovered that the suspect was also a SAPS member, holding the rank of Sergeant, attached to the Hendrina Police Station.
The deceased was a Constable at the Mzinoni Police Station and was apparently off duty at the time of the tragic incident.
“The two are said to have had a heated argument earlier and the suspect allegedly hit the victim as well as fatally shooting her,” said Hlathi.
The suspect is expected to face a murder charge in the Bethal Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 June.
The Acting Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Phahla, condemned the incident and called on SAPS members to seek professional help when faced with domestic challenges.
“It is unfortunate that our member has lost her life in such a manner, allegedly at the hands of a person who was supposed to have protected her and a double blow that the suspect is within our ranks,” said Phahla.
“The SAPS has systems in place such as Employee Health and Wellness services to deal with the well-being of members and I therefore urge members to effectively make use of these services which are for free, where they can be alleviated of any social discomfort they might encounter.”
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