Shooting victim ‘cannot eat yet’

2010-06-21 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG woman Londeka Molefe, who was allegedly shot twice in the face by her traffic officer husband during a quarrel on April 29, cannot eat due to the extent of her injuries.

Molefe is also so afraid for her life if her husband should get bail that she contacts the investigating officer, Captain Piet van Zanten, almost daily and pleads with him to ensure that Molefe remains in custody.

She applied for a second protection order against her husband, Lebohang Justice Molefe (32), in February in which she urged the court to have his firearm removed, but the order was not served on him. The matter was enrolled for hearing on June 28.

She also previously obtained a protection order against her husband in Dundee in 2007, which he is alleged to have breached.

This evidence was given on Friday before magsitrate N.M. Ndawonde at Molefe’s opposed bail application.

Van Zanten testified on Friday that the state has a strong case against the RTI officer, including ballistic evidence linking his service firearm to empty cartridges recovered at the scene of the shooting, as well as eyewitness evidence.

He said the attempted murder charge involving the infliction of grievous bodily harm will attract a severe punishment if Molefe is convicted and this will create a temptation for him to flee.

The prosecution alleges that Molefe did try to escape from the magistrate’s court after his arrest, although he has denied this. Prosecutor Renee Padayachee said she intends to lead the evidence of an official to confirm the attempted escape, to which Molefe responded, “Okay, no problem.”

Van Zanten told the court the justice system failed Londeka Molefe, who was allegedly shot some two months after she applied for a protection order against her husband, in which she specifically asked the court to order that his gun should be removed from him.

She stated that he “uses it all the time to point at me and threaten me”.

He said the shooting allegedly occurred at the home of Londeka Molefe’s mother, Gladness Hlophe, in Oribi.

It is alleged that when Molefe arrived home from work he and his wife quarrelled, after which he assaulted her and then shot her twice in the face with his service firearm.

She was shot under her right eye and left ear and there was a “big hole” on the left side of her face where the bullets exited. The tip of her right thumb was also shot off.

Van Zanten said the victim told him the top of her jaw was fractured and she underwent reconstructive surgery. Her mouth is still wired closed and she cannot eat solid food, only fluids.

She told Van Zanten that on the day in question her husband told her he was going to shoot her and she ran away.

“… in the lounge she slipped and fell down. Before she could get up the accused was on top of her and he fired the shots. After shooting her he also placed his foot on the back of her head, causing an open wound,” he said.

Van Zanten said Molefe left the scene. He was only arrested on May 3 after police received information that he was at Daymed hospital.

The bail application will continue on Wednesday.

 

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