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KZN cop goes on shooting spree

2011-09-29 10:00

Pietermaritzburg - A Ladysmith police officer shot his girlfriend eight times before turning the gun on himself, police said on Thursday.

"Constable Sthembiso Mazibuko killed his girlfriend and also killed himself yesterday (Wednesday)," said Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

It is believed Mazibuko, 28, quarrelled with his girlfriend before shooting her eight times at his Ladysmith flat.

"After killing her, he fired randomly. He then ran to the police station where he grabbed a firearm from a police officer and shot a person who was walking near the police station," he said.

The man Mazibuko shot survived, Mdunge said.

Mdunge said Mazibuko used a car belonging to a security company to go back to his flat where he shot himself. The car he took was parked at the police station.

Comments
  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-29 10:10

    Smells like a cover-up for something bigger.

      Bardy - 2011-09-29 10:31

      What is going on in Natal? Every day there are shooting! Are you people going crazy there or what?

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:19

      No its the mad people that are employed by the govt

      supporter - 2011-09-29 11:40

      why don't you ask your dear chief of police to go and visit the poor man's family. you are right it is a cover-up, an anc cover-up

      BOFFINBOB_RETURNS - 2011-09-29 13:48

      No matter the trauma of the job. There is no excuse for shooting your girlfriend eight times ! As a trained police officer once or twice should be enough.

  • Sue Laurynhill - 2011-09-29 10:15

    'Shoot To Kill', bad.

  • reader4444@24.com - 2011-09-29 10:17

    Why the hell didn't he start by shooting himself?

      4evaANC - 2011-09-29 10:47

      cause then he wouldnt have been able to shoot the rest of the ppl. cause thats how he rolled

  • Felix - 2011-09-29 10:18

    He should of shot himself first then the others.

      TreeFarmer - 2011-09-29 11:08

      really...

      Reeves - 2011-09-29 11:22

      FAILED

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:26

      Shoo this would have been a first..shoot himself then the others..cat with 9 lives

  • Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-29 10:26

    Many policemen and women loose it... the things they see on a daily basis the job they do it affects them all... the problem is there are only roughly 3 or 4 psycholigists employed by the state to de brief these policemen and women. If they are suffering severely with all of this they need to use their medical aid to see a psychologist.... I say let them employ more psycholoigists at least one for each area these policemen and women have tremendous stress etc... i am not saying what he did was right, it was totally wrong, but when you loose it you don't think of what you doing it all just happens while you fired up!!! But seriously they need more psychologists

      RGL - 2011-09-29 10:38

      Or do better psychometric tests before they even start employing. It does appear that the powers that be believe that SAPS is just another job and anybody can be employed as a policeman !

  • Enigma - 2011-09-29 10:26

    He does not deserve a funeral, they can dump his body at Kruger National Park. Condolences to the girlfriend's family may her soul rest in peace. His family and the SAPS should pay for the lady's funeral.

      Zilch - 2011-09-29 10:38

      It easy to judge when u'r not involded, the could have been number of incidents that led to this, Peter u'r right when u loose it, its too late for any reasonings. My guess he never intended to shoot the third person, it was the only out desperation for attention from his colleagues, it worked since he was followed, even though it was too late.

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-29 12:39

      he won't be recieving a state funeral as he stole a firearm from a policeman and stole a car etc......

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-29 12:57

      Is any poster EVER going to understand the difference between "loose" and "lose"! Is it that difficult?

  • d2eguy - 2011-09-29 10:34

    cele`s finest ......

      Lekabisto - 2011-09-29 10:55

      Yeah, we definitely in good hands hey......

  • MsVee - 2011-09-29 10:35

    Crazy bastard! Don'r undesrstand why Cele is not doing anything about these out of control cops. He is so quick to tell them to shoot to kill, this has been going on for far too long....

      casabanderas - 2011-09-29 11:30

      Cele is too busy signing contracts for new buildings with his pals so he can make sure he can afford a psychologist.

      amos - 2011-10-02 17:10

      Perhaps Cele is busy preparing his retirement package.

  • Wizard101 - 2011-09-29 10:37

    And these people is the security in the country?Why do they not go through the same kind of training as the man on the street to obtain a fire arm license?There is more police people that has committed murder and then suicide % wise then any other has.Makes you think.

  • Kulento - 2011-09-29 10:39

    But seriously where were the other cops? How could he grab a gun from a colleague, shoot someone, drive off with a car he took from the police station back to his place & shoot himself? That means the other cops did not even persue after him or what?

      Bokke - 2011-09-29 11:04

      They were saving themselves some trouble!!! How many of them would have been shot and / or killed by this person who couldn't control himself?

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:23

      I was just thinking along the same lines..how can someone just saunter in and take a gun..comeone!!! maybe he was bribed (R10) to give the gun

      supporter - 2011-09-29 11:42

      other cops were sleeping on the job as always

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-29 12:46

      when the policeman go off duty those that do not have safes at home have to leave their guns in the safe at the station. Therefore the gun must be taken out the holster amunition taken out etc and recorded before being placed in the safe. but i have noticed when policeman are in the charge office sometimes there is only that one person as the rest are out on patrol or something, but the safety hatch on the holster is supposed to be secured if it is not its very easy to pull the gun and run. When something like this happens it takes a while to actually realise what is happening

  • Jason - 2011-09-29 10:41

    SAPS - Serve and Protect!! hah hah hah..

  • cliford.zulu - 2011-09-29 10:48

    Its the policy.... shoot to kill. these people need more training, if they are not having sex they are boom boom........ ugh Mr.Cele?

  • ubufakazi - 2011-09-29 10:50

    This man was deeply disturbed but funny thing is he had time to go to the police station, grabbed a gun from a police officer, stole a security vihecle, went back to his appartment... killed himself! he had all the time in the world hey

      Lekabisto - 2011-09-29 11:03

      You have to to ask urself really, where were the other cops during all this? I mean he grabbed a gun from another police officer,(in a police station)shot a person passing,(infront of a police station)drove off with a security car (parked at a Police station), drove all the way home and Killed himself???? I can't put my finger on it, there is just something I am missing there.....

      Normaldude - 2011-09-29 11:24

      Hey Chum Please learn to spell properly

      ubufakazi - 2011-09-29 11:38

      exactly Lekabisto!!!! something just doesn't gel!!!

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-29 12:50

      lol you guys have no idea of what goes on at the stations... One year many years ago one of the main stations in Durban where the flying squad cars were kept etc the head office of the police in dbn, on the shift change while the policemen were on parade someone stole all 32 cars wheels.....it took them about 10 min to do, and then they were still able to drive out the gate.... Policemen do not man the gate security guards do

  • Piespot - 2011-09-29 10:52

    why should dis police officers use the service pistols to kill their G/friends.Now its getting out of hand.every week,months.now is too much serious.maybe they should leave dis fire-arms at police stations like before.

      Desmond - 2011-09-30 07:12

      Yeh" he should be more dramatic, like make a bomb or something. We need something different, using firearms do get boring after a while.

  • Babhekile - 2011-09-29 11:15

    My condolences to all affected and a speedy recovery to the survivor. I think government should have councellors in each and every police station. The work these people do is not easy and you need time and place to take out whatever is bothering you. Government must work with NGO's who'll offer councelling services to policemen. May their soul(s) rest in Peace.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:18

    shooting not shopping spree..eish

  • george60 - 2011-09-29 12:14

    Have him checked for rabies worse then a animal with rabies?

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-29 12:24

    shooting spree huh? Eish News24 headline fail

  • thomvj - 2011-09-29 12:49

    I just feel sorry for the poor girl who was shot and i honestly support the involvement of psychologists before the employment of police and a background check like in the former SAP where the security branch would actually dig into your past and give a report minimising the risk of employing terrorist,rapists and murderers.But what happens today is that we employ our friends and family members knowing that they were previously suspects into serious cases but got the cases withdrawn because of lack of evidence.My sympathies to the deceased family(Girlfriend)and hope the guy rot in hell!

      Peter Potgieter - 2011-09-29 12:55

      its not when joining the force. when you join the force your mind is sane, but when you have been in the force for many years attended accidents where peoples bodies have been cut up murder scenes with blood spatters on the walls etc, rapes of 1 yr old babies, gruesome murder and suicide scenes... unless you have been cop or a cop you won't understand....3 yr old child lying on the ground head blown off by their crazy father etc... these are not nice scenes and these eventually take their toll on a person and their mind......

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