Cape Town cop kills family, self

2012-11-06 12:26

Cape Town - A Cape Town policeman shot dead his family then turned his gun on himself in Strand, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Daily Voice reported that Sergeant Max Phakamile Gwanya, 37, got into an argument with his wife Nosivuyise, 37, on Sunday night and stormed out of the house to his vehicle.

Gwanya, who was stationed at the Bellville commercial crimes unit, fetched his service pistol and returned to the house, where he shot dead his sister-in-law.

He reportedly then followed his wife and 4-year-old son Phamamile Jr out of the house and shot them dead, before killing himself.

Eyewitness Ashley Mourratts told the newspaper he hid away from the policeman when he saw him cock his gun.

"The first gunshot scared me and then the wife started screaming 'stop it, stop it'," he said.

"Then she ran outside through the kitchen door and he followed them and shot her by the rubbish bin.

"She fell down and he stood over them and almost emptied the gun on them."

The motive for the shooting was not known.

Police confirmed that murder cases and an inquest had been opened.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-06 12:51

    what happened??

  • flaming.oven - 2012-11-06 12:51

    I cannot read this stuff anymore, seriously!! What did the kid do!!!???

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-06 13:02

    what angry, stressed etc etc nation in S.A., BUT why kill the kid?

  • ronell.germshuys - 2012-11-06 13:20

    Awe, State... keep on giving police access to their service pistols, when off duty...they will keep on killing their families. A cop using his service pistol to kill, is just as bad as a rapist/murder STEALING a gun for a crime. The cop is a criminal who killed inocent people, cause just like a criminal. He thought he was above the law. Sympathy to the families involved!!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-06 13:31

    Why kill anyone other than himself, can you imagine the terror those people went through before being killed.

  • tswarelo.mabhekana - 2012-11-06 13:33

    Litle boy done nothing,why his life?

  • tswarelo.mabhekana - 2012-11-06 13:43

    wat hppnd de is horreble.sorry smallboy,your lyf.

  • Sowhat? - 2012-11-06 14:16

    but is there really such a level of anger, this is madness

  • nmadliwa - 2012-11-07 09:13

    Yhooo!!men hev a very low self esteem!!! And I plea to this goverment to provide pyschhological help to these cruel jealous men·Why do we hev to read such cruel deeds

  • linda.ncapai - 2012-11-09 23:01

    I really wanted to know what happened...why wd he killed an innocent souL 4 year old baby...very very sad...

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