Feud suspected in funeral shooting

2013-02-19 00:00

A FAMILY feud appararently resulted in the murder of a woman at her husband’s graveside and the wounding of her son in Newcastle at the weekend.

Mourners managed to overpower a 39-year-old man, who was formally arrested in Osizweni as a suspect in the shooting of the woman and her son during the burial of their husband and father.

The woman died of her injuries. The 30-year-old son is in hospital.

The woman (53) was pouring soil into her husband’s grave when the man shot her.

While her son tried to hold his mother upright, the shooter fired another shot, injuring him.

Mourners at the funeral in the Grootgeluk area of Osizweni near Newcastle took cover or ran away. Others assaulted the gunman before he was rescued by police.

A mourner at the funeral, who did not want to be named, saying she feared for her life, told The Witness that the events played out “like a TV series” in front of her.

“It was the first time I had seen this kind of funeral.

“The body arrived in the morning as the [late] father had been staying in Johannesburg with his new wife,” said the woman.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspected gunman was admitted to hospital after being assaulted by the community members who attended the funeral.

“Police confiscated a Norinco pistol with two magazines and nine live rounds of ammunition that are believed to have been used during the shooting.

“The firearm will be taken to ballistics to ascertain whether it was used in the commission of any other crime in the country,” said Zwane.

He added that the motive of the shooting was unknown.

The shooter will appear in Madadeni Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni warned people not to engage in vigilante acts.

The family involved refused to comment about the incident.

Zwane said he was unable to release the names of either the victims or the accused as they were closely related and the accused could be identified.

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