Officers gutted by loss

2012-12-05 00:00

THE fatal shooting of a popular constable of the Port Shepstone public order police unit on Monday afternoon, allegedly by her boyfriend, has gutted local police.

Colleagues reacted with shock and grief when police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid had to break the news to them.

Constable Nandipha Zibi, stationed at the Port Shepstone police station, died at her house in Bhomela, in the Paddock area.

She apparently came home to the house she shared with her mother, Olgah Zibi (51), and her eight-year-old son at around 5.30 pm.

Police said there was an altercation with a man identified as Ntokozo Jackson Khanyile (24), said to be her boyfriend.

Khanyile allegedly shot Zibi, and then himself, in front of her mother.

Wiid said Zibi’s mother called friends for help, who phoned the police. Officers arrived to find both Zibi and her boyfriend dead.

“It is alleged that an altercation started and Constable Zibi was shot in her left upper face, which killed her on impact. The boyfriend … then shot himself with a gunshot to his head,” said Wiid.

Wiid said Zibi’s son, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was not at home when his mother died.

All that is known about Khanyile is that he was employed at a petrol station in the Margate area.

Khanyile allegedly used Zibi’s state firearm, which he allegedly took from her gun safe.

He also left behind a note, the contents of which police have declined to reveal.

Yesterday, Zibi’s mother was asked to identify her daughter’s body and according to Wiid, she was “totally traumatised and distraught”, and in no position to speak to The Witness.

Zibi had been part of Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling’s public order team of 10 members.

She was the only woman in the unit and Gosling praised her contribution.

“Zibi spent more time at work pulling the long hours with all of us, sometimes from 5.30 am until midnight, 24-seven, so I am sorry really to say I wish her family well, but her colleagues don’t really know them because she spent more time with us and we were her family,” said Gosling.

Regarding her work, he praised her highly. “She may have been the only female in the team, but this made no difference to us at all, since she was one of us and her performance was just like one of the men.

“She was a happy-go-lucky person who never complained and always had a joke to share. She fitted in here with us really well and was one of us,” said an emotional Gosling.

Wiid said she knew personally of Zibi’s “commitment and dedication”, as a police person who stood for excellence in her job and in her calling as a policewoman.

A murder and an inquest docket have been opened.

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