Taxi driver shoots girlfriend dead, then himself, in Ashburton

2012-05-19 00:00

A large police contingent descended on a tiny room off a main house in Dely Crescent, Ashburton, yesterday, after a man shot his girlfriend and turned the gun on himself.

The coupled died at the scene.

The bodies of taxi driver Thamsanqa “Jacky” Ndlovu (33) and his girlfriend, Prudence Nxele (28), were discovered lying on their bed, covered in blood.

Ndlovu was wearing only boxer shorts. His 9mm Norinco pistol was found next to him.

He lived in a room in his employer’s back yard.

The taxi driver’s uncle and brother were called to the scene.

His uncle, Moses Ndlovu, said he believed the couple had a misunderstanding.

He said he last spoke to his nephew on Thursday and everything was normal.

“He was a good person,” he added.

Ndlovu’s boss, taxi owner Godfrey Peter Peterson, said he was shaken by the incident.

He discovered the bodies and called the police at around 6.30 am.

He said he was not aware of any domestic problems the couple may have had.

“He was a nice, reliable and responsible guy.

“I’m still shocked,” Peterson said.

He said Ndlovu’s girlfriend was a regular visitor, but they did not live together. They have a child.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Ndlovu had a gunshot wound in his forehead and Nxele was shot in the chest.

“A murder and an inquest docket has been registered. The motive for the attack is believed to be domestic related.”

Moses said the couple would be buried next weekend.

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