Alex police shooting victims named

2015-06-04 10:23
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Johannesburg - Gauteng police have released the names of the police constable who killed his wife and four other people at the Alexandra police station while she was trying to lay a domestic violence charge against him.

Major Thomas Moetlo, 59, Sowela Anna Nkuna, whose age is still to be verified, Stephina Semenya, 52 and Mathews Mabayi, 39, were killed by Constable Masie, in his early 30s, while his wife was trying to lay a complaint against him.

While she was being attended to, he arrived at the station and shot her, the major who was helping her, and the two civilians who had accompanied her to the police station.

The four died instantly on the scene. The constable also shot at two other police officers and ran away.

Shoot-out

Police went out looking for him and saw him close to his home.

''On arrival at a spot close to his residence, the constable got out of a taxi and then noticed the police and started firing shots at them. The police returned fire, fatally wounding him,'' said Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

He was a court orderly at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court and was off duty at the time.

Counselling was given to the families and the police officers who had been present.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba said the incident was a ''huge shock''.

''Our hearts are with the families, colleagues and friends of the deceased. We are going to conduct a thorough investigation. We have already informed the Independent Police Investigation Directorate. They are already at the scene."

Investigation

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega's spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said there were a number of issues relating to the shooting which required answers.

''We are going to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened and why it happened. This will include looking into their relationship, the constable's employment history and conduct,'' he said.

The DA in Gauteng said domestic violence was not taken seriously by the police, and officers themselves were not receiving adequate psychological support.

Kate Lorimer, the party's spokesperson on safety in the province wanted to know why there was only an investigation into such incidents now.

''This is not the first incident where an [SA Police Service] member has killed their partner and family. It is part of a pattern which has been evident for many years.''

The DA would like the introduction of mandatory debriefing sessions for every policeman, more psychologists and social workers for policemen, and regular psychometric testing.

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