MEC willing to testify over woman's death

2011-02-24 17:02
Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo is willing to testify in court on the death of a woman he had tried to help after she was found lying next to a stream, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

“He [Dhlomo] was the first doctor who attended the scene. The MEC is willing to co-operate with police and will testify in court if needs be,” said Dhlomo’s spokesperson Chris Maxon.

Captain Thulani Zwane said a 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the woman’s death.

“The 30-year-old man was arrested in the Durban central business district yesterday [Wednesday]. He was charged with murder,” said Zwane.

In January, Dhlomo stopped his convoy to help the badly injured woman found next to a stream in Mpumazi.

The convoy, with Dhlomo and the province's Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, was headed for Mpumazi in Eshowe where seven people had been killed by lightning.

Community members had rescued the woman when they heard her cries coming from the stream.

Dhlomo, a doctor, stopped to assist a paramedic who was helping the woman.

The woman was in her 30s and had been shot in her cheek and chest.

Dhlomo said it was clear that the woman had been shot at close range. She was rushed to Eshowe Hospital but died later.

Zwane said the man was also charged with the possession of an unlawful firearm after leading police to KwaMashu where he kept the alleged murder weapon.

The man would appear at the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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