Policeman’s fatal ‘Generations’ firearm comparison

2014-01-13 00:00

A POLICE constable is thought to have accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend during a TV soap opera — while comparing the gun used by an actor with his own service pistol.

On Friday, the constable, from a Pietermaritzburg police station, was watching Generations at his girlfriend Lindsay Draai’s downtown home in Berg Street when he allegedly shot her.

The pair, who had been in a relationship for less than a month, were watching the soapie with Draai’s sister Michaela (17), who told The Witness how the events unfolded.

She said the officer had just knocked off from work and had visited Draai. He was still in his police uniform and also had his service pistol with him.

“My sister was lying on the bed as we watched the soapie on TV,” she said.

In the programme, the character Sibusiso Dlomo, portrayed by actor Menzi Ngubane, had demanded a gun from Anga Makubalo’s character MJ.

The officer wanted to see whether the gun on TV was the same as his, and pulled out his service pistol.

“My sister asked him to put it away. That is when he turned to her and pulled the trigger by mistake,” the weeping Michaela alleged.

The policeman was taken into custody on Saturday — and police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said detectives were investigating a case of murder.

He said the 29-year-old suspect would appear in court “soon”.

Michaela said the sound of the shot shocked the group — and that she and the policeman did not know the bullet had struck anyone until they saw the blood on her sister’s stomach.

“Everything happened so fast. We were all panicking. We rushed her to St Anne’s Hospital and phoned my mother. He [the officer] was regretful about what had happened,” she said.

Draai died on Friday, two days before she would have celebrated her 25th birthday.

Draai’s mother Moira said they had lost a loving and caring daughter, who wanted to do everything that she could for her two-year-old son.

“We are not angry at the man because it was an accident that can happen to anyone. But we lost a valuable member of this family that loved us. We will try to love her son the way she loved him,” said Moira.

“She was humble, hard-working and a close sister to my younger daughter. She loved catering and she was working for someone that was also training her,” she said.

Members of Draai’s family told The Witness that the officer was handed over to the police by his father, but Zwane could not confirm this.

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