3-year-old shot by father 'improving'

2012-01-01 16:22

Johannesburg - A 3-year-old girl is in stable condition after she was shot by her Pretoria police officer father who killed her mother and 3-month old brother, before shooting himself, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said the girl's condition had improved since she was admitted to the Netcare Garden City Hospital on Saturday morning.

The girl was now stable but it was not yet known when she would be discharged.

Her relatives were present at the hospital on Sunday.

  • jannie.barnard - 2012-01-01 16:56

    So sad, sad sad. Thoughts and prayers with her.

      Carla - 2012-01-01 18:52

      Its is very sad. Hope the family will catch her with love and accept to help her through this.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-01 17:22

    Terrible! Is it my imagination or is this kind of thing becoming more common among family men in the police service? Maybe routine family counselling sessions for everyone in the police force might help identify those who are most at risk before something goes tragically wrong. Professional intervention could then be prescribed...just an idea.

  • Serame - 2012-01-01 17:27

    I wish her speedy recovery..Its sad news on the 1st day of the brand new year.

  • Tony - 2012-01-01 19:32

    shorely someone must of seen this officer was not thinking or acting in a normal way and needed held . is there no structures in the saps to deal with this tradegidy . I hope that the saps have some sort of record so that at least some other officer showing the same symtims will be helped befor any thing like this happens.

  • Lucille Janine Isaacs - 2012-01-01 19:47

    I am utterly shocked at the increase of families lives being taken by police officers in result in them taking their lives. Is there anyway that they receive the the mental care they need? This needs to seriously change!

  • Yar - 2012-01-02 08:03

    Time for professional management in the SAPS. What we have at the moment is not working. That includes selection and management of personnel. If this is how they treat their families, what chance does the public have at the hands of these thugs in uniform. The politicians and their policy of cadre deployment at the expense of professional police is to blame.

  • Janice - 2012-01-02 10:36

    Sick Bastard!!!

  • Rene - 2012-01-02 10:41

    It's called "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome": The previous government refused to acknowledge it existed, hence a whole generation of emotionally dysfunctional men that served in the armed forces over 30 years of conscription; And the present government also refuses to acknowledge it exists, hence the "shock and horror" when these things happen within the ranks of men and women serving in uniform... This situation is NOT simple "thuggery" - there is more than enough of that, this incident need not be mis-labelled to assuage the conscience of those supposedly running our uniformed security branches.

      Yar - 2012-01-02 12:41

      @Rene Please don't look for complex solutions for simple problems. Or worse still, don't look for complex problems where simple ones exist. 1 Most of our police have an extremely relaxed life. Take atrip to your local station and observe that the only people suffering from stress are the public trying to get service or the victims of crime trying to get some action. (A generalisation I know, but true very often.) 2 The above incident is typical domestic violence. It is happening all the time. The perpetrator has merely been supplied with a service weapon and ammo. 3 Yes, there is PTSD in some cases, but professional management should deal with this. No professional management is present. 4 In the good old days this was called LMF (Lack of Moral Fibre). I think it is time for a return to old values and practices.

      Rene - 2012-01-03 12:09

      Yar, I wasn't offering any solutions nor rating the complexity or simpleness of the problems. Everything you stated is correct. If you look closely, I said what you did (with the exception of your point 4) but in a different way.

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