Zim politician shoots wife, self in Sandton

2011-11-22 19:10

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Johannesburg - A Zimbabwean politician shot and wounded his wife before committing suicide in Johannesburg on Tuesday, police said.

Justine Chiota, a founding member of the Zimbabwe People's Party, turned the firearm on himself at his house in Morningside, Sandton, said Captain Kim Cloete.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the shooting happened at 11:00, when a police officer from Sandton accompanied Chiota's wife to his house to deliver a protection order.

The order was related to domestic violence, he said.

Chiota fired a number of shots, one of which hit his estranged wife in the upper body.

Another bullet tore the policeman's shirt, but did not wound him.

Dlamini said the woman was in a serious condition in hospital.

When police approached the house, Chiota was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- SAPA

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