Family mourn slain officer

2013-07-18 00:00

THE family of slain policewoman Gugu Ximba (33) were still coming to terms with the loss of their mother, daughter and sister yesterday.

Gcina Mthalane, Ximba’s cousin who lived at home with her, said she was a caring person who loved being around people, especially her family.

“She loved children and her daughter. She would take them for walks and buy them goodies. The family is very saddened by her death. It’s very different without her and the family is still in mourning,” he said.

Ximba is survived by her parents, three brothers, two sisters and her eight-year-old daughter.

Yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu and provincial police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni visited Ximba’s home in Umlazi J section as well as the home of another slain police member in Greytown, to pay their respects to the families.

On Monday, Ximba was shot and fatally wounded while she was in her vehicle entering her property. She was shot four times and sustained two gunshot wounds to her neck, chest and right arm. The Hawks are investigating the incident.

She is the second police officer to be murdered in weeks. Another police officer and a woman were brutally murdered and had their bodies dumped on the side of a road in Greytown. They were student constable Xolani Kwela (26), stationed at Pinetown police station, and Sindisiwe Ngcobo (25). The two were apparently kidnapped from kwaNdengezi township, outside Pinetown.

According to police, two people, including a police officer, are believed to be connected to the murders and are being held in custody.

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