‘Jealous’ VIP cop shoots wife

2009-12-29 00:00

THE KwaShange community in the Taylor’s Halt area is reeling in shock after a policeman shot his common- law wife three times in her home and then committed suicide in a nearby field on Sunday evening.

Philani Mbhele (38) was a member of the VIP protection unit at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, and his common-law wife, Thabisile Dlamini (26), works as a clerk at a police station.

Thandeka Dlamini, her sister, witnessed the incident. She blamed Mbhele’s “psychotic jealousy” and mistrust of her sister for the blind fury that left Dlamini in critical condition in hospital.

Another person, who did not wish to be named, said the couple had deep-seated problems that they were struggling with in their relationship.

Thandeka said Mbhele was driven by jealousy and because of it he often mistreated her sister. Before being shot, Dlamini was contemplating leaving him.

Thandeka said that on Sunday, Mbhele came to their home and demanded to see Dlamini. “He looked through the door and asked to see Ngane [Dlamini’s nickname].

“He then said if we did not want his lobola, we should have said so when he brought it, because we are sitting with his lobola and Ngane.”

She said he then pulled Dlamini outside and she resisted.

“I was holding their three-month-old baby and I saw him drag her outside. She held on against the burglar bars, and when he pulled her outside the house, he hit her on the face with his fist. And then he shot her three times.”

The first bullet went through her arm, the second through her neck and the last bullet passed through her lower jaw on both sides of her face.

Thandeka said she watched the attack and shooting in helpless shock as she was holding the baby.

She said that although the family members were shocked by the event, they were not completely surprised because they knew Mbhele to be rude and psychotically jealous.

“A few months back, while she was pregnant, he stripped her naked and dumped her in Masukwane.

“He broke her phone so she could not talk to anyone. He did not want any of her friends so she had no friends. Even we do not talk to her because we feared what he might do.”

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