Another city nurse murdered

2016-04-25 12:00
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Pietermaritzburg - Neighbours, family and friends gathered in numbers outside a Napierville home on Friday night where a local policeman allegedly shot and killed his wife.

Advanced midwife in Edendale Hospital Thabisile Doyisa (46) had just arrived home from her shift at around 7 pm when her husband, whose name cannot be revealed at this stage, allegedly shot her in her head at point-blank range with an R5 rifle.

ER24 paramedics said Doyisa was still in her uniform and had already died due to her extensive injuries before their arrival.

Her husband, a member of the Public Order Police Unit in Pietermaritzburg, fled the scene before police could arrive, but hours later returned to his house where he handed himself over to officers.

Police vehicles and emergency services flooded the narrow Devonshire Road in Napierville where the couple lived.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the couple was usually a loving one. However, they could be heard arguing “every now and then”.

“We really did not expect this. They seemed like a lovely couple but now and again we would hear them argue. I guess they were going through some difficulty in their marriage that led to this,” said a neighbour.

Doyisa, who was a professional nurse and specialised in advanced midwifery, had worked at Edendale Hospital since 1992.

She was described by her colleagues as a “down-to-earth, humble, flexible and hard-working person who was always dedicated to her profession”.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said to lose a nurse under such brutal circumstances is unacceptable and a big setback to the department’s efforts to provide quality health care to all.

“From what we hear, nurse Doyisa was a dedicated staff member who will be extremely hard to replace.

“We wish to pass our deepest condolences to her family, colleagues and friends. We hope whoever is responsible for this callous act will be subjected to the full might of the law,” Dhlomo said.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said a case of murder has been opened and the suspect is expected to make an appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Earlier this month, 26-year-old Sindisiwe Shelembe, a professional nurse from Grey’s Hospital, was shot dead while on her way to work.

Shelembe was driving down Townhill on the N3 on her way to work the night shift when an unknown shooter opened fire on her car, striking her once in the head and in the face. The young nurse is believed to have died instantly with bullets shattering the passenger and driver’s windows before her car hit the barrier a few kilometres before the Peter Brown off-ramp. No arrest has been made yet with regards to Shelembe’s killing.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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