Woman shot dead in police station

By Mbulelo Sisulu

A woman was shot dead inside the Madeira police station in Mthatha on Monday afternoon (7 September) after a gunman opened fire. 

The Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed shock and dismay at the killing of the 28-year-old woman, allegedly by her husband.

Preliminary report suggests that the deceased had gone to the police to report domestic violence at her home. 

While she was busy reporting to the police officer at the Community Service Centre, the husband entered the station and without saying anything is alleged to have started shooting at the wife who succumbed to injuries sustained at the scene.

The 42-year-old suspect, who is believed to be working as a security guard in one of the prominent security companies in Mthatha, was chased and arrested by the police. 

The fire-arm he had in his possession was confiscated and will be sent to the forensic laboratory for ballistic testing. 

Ntshinga strongly condemned the murder of the woman and described it as unwarranted and devastating.

“The fact that the suspect followed the deceased all the way to the police station demonstrates a premeditated onslaught on the woman. This is very sad and unfortunate. I am however delighted at the rapid move by the police to arrest the suspect. Acts of gender based violence and femicide cannot be forgiven, therefore the suspect must face the law and answer for his actions” she said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said a murder case has been opened against the suspect for investigation.

“Once charged, the suspect will be appearing in Mthatha Magistrate Court on the murder related charges,” he said.

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