Ex-girlfriend and mom shot

2013-05-01 00:00

A GREYTOWN family was dealt a tragic blow yesterday when a police constable allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend and her mom.

The policeman was found later at his home with a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard.

For the family of Dumisile Ntombela (27) and her mom Thandi Ndlovu (63), it was a shocking start to an ordinary day.

Ntombela’s relative, Fana Zakwe, said: “I received a call from my aunt that [the suspect] was blocking their way. I later heard gunshots.

“I ran to the place where they said they were and I discovered that they were shot. I tried to call for help but it was too late.”

The policeman allegedly confronted the pair on Maphanga Road in the Enhlalakahle area, close to Buhlebezwe High School.

Its alleged that he shot and killed them and went back to his house where he was found with a gunshot wound.

Ntombela was shot in her head and her mother was mortally wounded in her stomach and shot in the hand.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they found the suspect with serious injuries to his head. He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

“His service pistol was found on his bed and a number of spent cartridges were also found inside the house,” said Jeevan.

As crowds gathered at the scene, family members and friends expressed unhappiness that the bodies had been left unattended where they had fallen. But officials from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) at the scene explained that they first had to investigate the scene as it involved a police officer.

Ntombela’s father, Elvis, said he was devastated.

“Losing my child like this was something I did not expect. I was in Nkandla when I received this news and it was the longest two-hour drive for me.

“What a painful moment for me to see my grandchildren without their mother and grandmother.”

Ntombela had two children, nine and 12, from a previous relationship. They arrived home from school and burst into tears when told the news.

Ntombela’s brother, Minenhla, asked tearfully: “Why did he do this to my mother and sister? He knew very well that she was no longer in love with him. As I was aware that they had not been in a relationship for the past month or so, I did not expect that this would happen.”

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini said they are investigating two cases of murder.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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