Reservist kills wife, child, self

2011-01-14 20:01

Johannesburg - A police reservist in Ermelo shot and killed his wife and 7-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself, Mpumalanga police said on Friday.

The shooting happened on Thursday after Ekhaniya Mdluli allegedly had an argument with his estranged wife about custody of their child, Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

Social workers conducted an assessment to ascertain whether the child should stay with her father.

"During the negotiations, Mdluli allegedly pulled out a gun he took from one of the police officials who came to monitor the processes, as requested by the social worker," he said.

"When he pulled out the gun, his wife saw him, took her child and ran away. Mdluli charged at her. After a distance of about 20 metres, she stopped [after being shot]."

It was suspected that he might have fired the shots to force her to stop.

He approached her, shot her in the chest and the child in the head. Both died on the scene. Mdluli then ran away and shot himself in the head.

This was the second incident of this nature in less than two months.

  • Lynn - 2011-01-14 20:38


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      IceMan - 2011-01-14 20:49

      because women can be the root of all evil, and nastiness, and really make a man suffer emotionally. I do not condone this guys actions at all, I find this behavior sick - but what led him to this - a women, you hear this happening all the time.

      AloninSA - 2011-01-14 21:49

      IceMan... you're a narrow minded idiot. Every woman is the same hey? just like every man is the same... and every man in the same situation surely would have killed the woman and poor 6 year old girl that couldn't even grip the situation. Total confusion, followed by watching her father point the gun at her head and then pulling the trigger, after watching her mother bleed from the first shot. All men are the same... This whole thing makes me wonder if we don't need to offer the police better emotional counseling ? I'm just glad I was never on the wrong side of the law against that guy... Wonder what the policeman who was supervising was doing while this went down ? So depressing

  • leendert.stolk - 2011-01-14 21:30

    So the Social Worker asked him to pull the gun...

      Huck_Finn - 2011-01-14 22:01

      @ leendert.stolk - I ask the same question!! Just bad journalism I hope.

  • Dikgoshi - 2011-01-14 21:49

    Freaking coward!!!!!! When u r tired of your life, u end only your own life and leave everyone else to live their lives in peace....... I don't see a reason why he needed to kill the ex/wife and the child, no matter what he felt. No one has a right to take another human being's life.......

  • C-zwe Romza Mkhonza - 2011-01-15 00:13

    this is just SAD story and kinda embarrasing and frustrating coz Im from ermelo... This is why I hate guns, they eliminate the fear factor and increase bigotry ans stupidity at times, so SHTIT, WTF!!!!!!!!!!!

      Wouter - 2011-01-15 09:43

      Did the gun kill the woman and child by itself? No. Was the gun legally owned by the murderer? No. Who's to blame then? The murderer and the police officer who allowed the weapon to be stolen. Not the gun. I have many guns and use them to protect myself and my family. So grow up and blame the murderer who wielded the weapon.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-03 13:47

      Nope I agree with you... guns should be outlawed. Would prefer that everyone including our police didn't have to carry them. And most men struggle with poor impulse control.. Now if he'd just taken a minute to think about the consequences of his actions. Poor child, to have your daddy do that to you.

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  • wesley.raleigh - 2011-01-15 05:56

    Maybe if the social worker was competent, this could have been avoided all together. Come one, if the guy got up, chased then shot his wife and child surely the social worker MUST have seen that this guy was a nut-case. (Well I know I'm making assumptions, but I feel badly for the poor child.) Anyway, so Darwin shows, the Gene-pool takes care of itself.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-15 08:16

    If our darker brothers and sisters were taught from a young age the importance of family values, there would not be these problems. Get married before having children...that way the husband would have more rights to their children as per the law. Europeans have the same problems with child custody issues because they too were never taught proper family values about responsibility...some people think that having children is like purchasing a motor vehicle. Stupidity breeds stupidity.

  • onmyway - 2011-02-03 13:00

    reservists...are they any use? if they are not stealing cars, murdering their families etc. are they actually combatting crime? Or do they become reservists for some type of community status thing?

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