Cop’s killer rage

2011-06-09 00:00

A POLICE constable shot and killed himself and left his ex-girlfriend fighting for her life with two gunshot wounds after he saw her walking to talk to two male friends in Pietermaritzburg yesterday evening.

Constable Sihle Ntshalintshali (27) was renting a room in the same commune on Globe Road in Mkondeni as his ex-girlfriend, Mapule Mohale. He shot her and one of the visiting men, Siphamandla Makhaye (24), before holding his service pistol against his head and pulling the trigger at about 5 pm yesterday.

Mohale is from Lesotho and is a Unisa student.

Ntshalintshali, who worked for the Crime Prevention Unit at Plessislaer police station, was rushed with his two wounded victims to hospital, but died on arrival at a private hospital in the city.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Joey Jeevan told The Witness at about 8.30 pm that Mohale was in theatre at a private hospital in the city. Makhaye (24) was in a stable condition after sustaining gunshot wounds to the left arm and stomach. She said Mohale, who was shot in the right arm and chest, was in a critical condition. “It doesn’t look like she is going to survive. She is fighting for her life at the moment,” said Jeevan.

A source said the trouble started when Mohale and a female friend walked up to a Mazda Etude with Makhaye and his friend inside. Jeevan said police established that Ntshalintshali demanded to talk to Mohale, who declined.

“He then grabbed her, but a man who was in the road, intervened. He fired two shots at the man before he forced Mohale and her friend back into the house,” Jeevan said.

It is believed that in the house Ntshalintshali assaulted Mohale before he shot her several times. He then shot himself.

Njabulo Ngcobo, who also lives in the same house, said he was in his room when he heard the commotion, which was followed by several gunshots. “I came out to see the policeman and woman lying on the lawn,” Ngcobo said.

Ngcobo and Ntshalintshali are from Loskop near Estcourt in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Themba Shange described Ntshalintshali as “a true friend”, but said the deceased refused to accept that his relationship with Mohale had ended some time last year. “In December last year he chased her with the firearm down the road. He told me that he was “seriously in love with her”, said Shange.

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