Woman shot dead on Mother’s Day

2018-05-23 06:00
Ntombizodwa Dlamini who was shot dead by her husband.PHOTO: Supplied

Ntombizodwa Dlamini who was shot dead by her husband.PHOTO: Supplied

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“I NEVER thought that one day I would have to bury my daughter. It will take me years to get through this.”

These are the words of Ntombizodwa Dlamini’ s father, Lot Ntuli, after his daughter was shot dead in front of her parents and family members at her family home in Bisley on Sunday afternoon.

Dlamini was shot by her husband, Sipho Dlamini, who was a prison warder. He later turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head.

It is alleged that the couple had gotten into a domestic dispute a day prior to the shooting, which led to Sipho beating Dlamini.

Ntuli told Echo that they are still traumatised and they can’t believe that their daughter is no more.

Ntuli said that they were relaxing at home, preparing for a big Mother’s Day lunch.

“My daughter was supposed to be at work on Sunday but she came to my house with a swollen face and bruises on her body. She told the family that she had been booked off at work because her husband had beaten her up the previous day. My wife then took her to a medical facility where she was treated for bruises and came back home. A short while after coming back from DuziMed, Sipho called my daughter asking her where she was because he had been to the hospital where she worked and she was not there. My daughter then told him that she was at my house. While we were about to prepare lunch, Sipho arrived and demanded to see Dlamini. I told him that before he can say anything I want to know if he had beaten my daughter. He said that he did, but never gave me reasons why,” Ntuli said.

Ntuli said that they [the family] decided to lock his daughter in one of the bedrooms while they spoke to Sipho.

“ I told Sipho that he needs to call his family members so that we can have a meeting and get to the bottom of their problems because it was getting out of hand. He insisted on seeing my daughter but we told him that is not going to happen.He then stood up and pulled his gun and started shouting that we are making him a fool. He ran straight to the passage, kicked the bedroom door where my daughter was sleeping and shot her. She only cried out once and died on the spot. Sipho then ran out of the house like a mad man and drove off.”

Ntuli said that he could not believe what had happened to his daughter.“I thought I was stuck in a nightmare. I told myself that this could not be happening. Zoe [Dlamini] was the best child, so quiet and humble. She was not a violent person and everybody knew that. I am destroyed and devastated by her death. Life is so unfair. I always told everyone in the family that when I die they must take care of Zoe because she was such a good child.”

Alexandra Police Station spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said that Dlamini was shot twice in the head and once in the chest. “It is alleged that the couple had a domestic dispute which led the deceased running to her family home. The husband followed her, went to the bedroom where she was hiding, kicked the door open dragging the deceased out of the room into the passage where he fired two shots to her head and chest and fled the scene with his vehicle,” Mhlongo said.

Mhlongo said that members of the police were called and they traced the husband and his cellphone indicated that he was in the Richmond area. “Members of the police proceeded to the location to Richmond where a SAPS negotiator was called and tried to negotiate with Sipho to hand himself over to police. He took his life by firing a shot to his head and died instantly.

An inquest docket has been opened in Richmond SAPS,” said Mhlongo.

KwaZulu-Natal health minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo expressed shock and sadness at this incident.

“This is too barbaric. It is cruel and insensitive. We mourn the loss of this professional. Working in the maternity unit requires a certain kind of human being with honourable qualities, such as understanding and a caring attitude, emotional and mental strength, patience and maturity. We are not surprised to hear from Sister Dlamini’s colleagues that she was a good nurse. This is a huge loss. It is painful. But we know that our loss cannot be equated to the sense of loss and pain that is being experienced by her family. We offer our deepest condolences. We will try to visit the family to try and comfort them during this difficult period,” Dhlomo said.


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