Widow sues police for R1.5m

2010-11-25 11:23

East London - An Eastern Cape woman is suing the police for R1.5m after her policeman husband shot her and then shot dead himself six years ago, the Daily Dispatch reported on Thursday.

The mother of four, Ntombenkosi Hlomza, 36, of Transkei, was married to Bongani Hlomza, 43, a warrant officer at Madeira police station in Mthatha at the time.

In court papers, her lawyer, Nceba Dukada, SC, said the police service was negligent and failed to act even though it was known that Hlomza had threatened his wife and had suicidal tendencies.

"They became aware that the deceased had threatened to shoot his wife, but failed to take steps to seize the official firearm from the possession of the deceased," read the court documents.

Some R60 000 of her claim is for funeral costs incurred after the incident at Mthatha police camp on February 13, 2005.

But advocate Selby Mbenenge, SC, representing the police, denied that his suicidal tendencies were known.

However, he admitted that the police were aware of him being violent against his wife.

Judgment was reserved.

  • stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-25 11:58

    Woman's point duly taken and understood, but a finding in favour of the woman will create a legal precedent that will create and impose new legal obligations on the police and could open the floodgates to thousands of claims of the nature. Not a good idea to grant judgment in favour of the woman then, unless the court finds a way to grant her the relief sought without establishing new rule of law.

  • Kay Gee - 2010-11-25 13:15

    Really, what's up with this "Suing" game everyone wants to play nowadays. Why don't people take legal steps in the meantime, when the incident occurs?????

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