Cop shoots wife, self outside mall

2011-12-22 08:55

Durban - A police officer shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself outside a shopping mall in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid told the Citizen newspaper the officer shot his wife as she was sitting in a car outside the Oribi Plaza mall on Wednesday morning.

He fired two shots at her through the window of the car, hitting her in the head. He then placed the gun under his chin and shot himself.

Wiid said police were investigating the officer's motives. The couple had been married for a month at the time of shooting.

  • Kala - 2011-12-22 09:01

    The easiest way to legally obtain a fire arm in this country is to become a policeman. I wonder how strict the psycological evaluation of an individual is before he is handed a firearm. Why don't these idiots shoot themselves first.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-22 09:04

      Exactly. I would have thought applicants were thoroughly screened.

      Hermann - 2011-12-22 09:19

      My bet is no evaluation at all.

      Jason - 2011-12-22 09:44

      Kala, there obviously is no psyc evaluation. Becoming a policeman in SA must really be so easy to allow people like this and many others who choose the easy way out to join. This is probably the 5th or 6th incident where the officals who "serve and protect" do this, yet GOVERNMENT do eff all about it, condolences to the families involved.

      Janice - 2011-12-22 09:47

      Well said Kala!!!!! 20 out of 10 for your comment!

      Leon - 2011-12-22 09:49

      Sharkshoot, these days they screen their candidates by weighing them.

      Nick - 2011-12-22 09:51

      Or before he is allowed into the police force ?

      Paul - 2011-12-22 10:41

      That's what you'd expect from the SAP.

      Robert - 2011-12-22 11:51

      haaibo, like Jukius who would rather KILL himself than commit suicide you are missing the point...

      Sharon - 2011-12-22 12:43

      I don't even think being able to read and write is a requirement nowadays. A psyc exam would be just too complicated.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-22 13:59


      Gungets - 2011-12-24 07:02

      The key criteria for becoming a cop has always been broderline psychotic. They accepted me way back then, along with any number of complete and utter nutcases. Nothing has changed, some good, some bad, some indifferent, completely unpredictable.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 10:52

      Sharkshoot, do you really think that our so-called police service screens it's potential members ? If they did, the force would shrink by 90%. Cele, Selebi, and all the other criminals and lazy individuals in the force would not be there. Ah, it's nice to dream ........ :-)

  • Nelson - 2011-12-22 09:07

    im sorry to say but violance in south africa is just too much.beautifull country with beautiful people but eish..from a proud namibian

      Bardy - 2011-12-22 09:11

      How is the jobs and economy in Nam? Also thinking of moving there one day...

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-12-22 10:49

      Ya Nelson, what can we say ...

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:02

      Nelson, it is a beautiful country, it's just that many of the people are not.

  • Butch - 2011-12-22 09:09

    Are all these policemen on or off duty at the time? It is time that the police reviewed the policy that allows married officers to take their guns home with them!

      TheWatcher - 2011-12-22 10:20

      So when the criminals come round to the house the policemen will be left unarmed. Nope policemen need to keep their guns but have regular counseling and psychological evaluations.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:06

      Butch, no point in not taking one's weapon home. They'll simply take their wives to work, and shoot her there.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 09:09

    RIP woman, may u rot in hell man, my sympathy goes out to the friends and family of both people.

      jannie.debeer - 2011-12-22 09:14

      Judge not...

      Geoff - 2011-12-22 11:31

      One month married and see what she did to him - hahahaha!!!

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:08

      Shanna, your wish will be granted. He will be rotting in South Africa, and South Africa is Hell.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:09

      @ Jannie. Judge not, lest ye get shot too ???

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 09:10


      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:12

      Idiot + weapon usually equals one idiot less. Pity that they see a need to take others with them.

  • Cornelius - 2011-12-22 09:24

    So so sad.... I don't know what happened in those people's lives, but it is really insanely terrifying to see what people are capable of.

  • Hennie - 2011-12-22 09:39

    Is it just me or is this happening a lot lately.

  • VaMbozha - 2011-12-22 09:43

    Only married for a month...and the wife is already cheating!!

      Nicardo - 2011-12-22 15:31

      Well said VaMbhoza! Surely something happened, but unfortunately no one is there to tell us....

      JLWilson - 2011-12-23 22:25

      Cheating - do you know that for a fact! Clearly the husband should not have been allowed to have the gun - one down on SAPS. They need to send their staff for psychological evaluation every 3 months and I fully agree, fire arms should not be allowed to be taken home at night. How many police officers' homes are targeted because criminals KNOW that there is a fire arm there.

  • Thoka - 2011-12-22 09:44

    lets not look at problem, sort out the root course of it and help the nation , not condoning this unhuman actions, RIP Sister

  • Atang - 2011-12-22 09:44

    a goromente a di tseye dithunya mo go bone, ga ba di dirise go sireletsa setshaba, ba di dirisa go bolaya basadi ba bone

      Nick - 2011-12-22 09:54


      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-22 10:37


      jowza1 - 2011-12-22 10:51

      and a merry christmas to you too

      Berkold - 2011-12-22 13:54


      Vra - 2011-12-22 16:41

      Dear Atang - in case you missed it, this article was written in English. Do be a sport and comment on it in English, or go look for the Zulu equivalent elsewhere on the News24 site, where you can comment in your language. There's no excuse for this rudeness. Have a nice day now.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-22 09:44

    The problem is, even though people are psychologically evaluated for their possible FUTURE reaction to stressful situations, the evaluation would only be for THAT time....what happens 10 years down the line when he is confronted with an inability to pay bills because of low pay, poor communication at station level from seniors/fellow officers, very stressful work conditions. Our situation in SA is not entirely unique when it comes to police shootings. The problem is that there appears to be low morale across the board, and a lack of communication is exacerbating the situation even more.

  • Nick - 2011-12-22 09:56

    My heart goes out to all police wives, and those young ladies who are thinking of marrying a policeman !

  • lawson.lutchman - 2011-12-22 09:57

    I know somebody who knows soemebody who witnessed the shooting

      Arvin - 2011-12-22 11:08

      What bearing has this got to do with anything?

      Ron - 2011-12-22 11:19

      @Lawson - then you should join the Special Investigations Unit!

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:17

      I know somebody who knows somebody, who knows someone else, who thinks they might know somebody, who might be interested in a vehicle with a damaged windscreen.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-22 10:21

    Again? I think policeman should go for regular counseling sessions and psychological evaluations. This murder-suicide thing is becoming a fairly common thing and authorities need to look into this.

  • Ngqoshela Simpiwe Zen - 2011-12-22 10:39


      jowza1 - 2011-12-22 10:50

      yes they are traumitized,but imagine now that they read your comment and you screaming at them,how will they feel

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:19

      But so much better to see on a Friday morning !! :-) So, blood from his head, but no brains ??

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-12-22 11:00

    Why dont we hear from the Anti Gun Lobby , in times like this , or is the unarming of private citizens the main agenda ...?

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:21

      In all countries where the civilian population was disarmed, genocide followed.

  • tshodigirl - 2011-12-22 12:04

    why is it that the female cops don't ever do this?im a woman and that has nothing to do with my question, it just hit me now and id really love a non-gender based answer if possible.

      Peter - 2011-12-22 12:16

      His christmas bonus wasnt big enough from the police force or he didnt make his latest graft target

      Riaad - 2011-12-22 15:27

      Because men are more prone to violence than women. It has to do with Testosterone. Men and women are just ... different. God made us so. Not condoning the actions of people who cannot restrain themselves, though. I believe that a murderer will go to Hell - male or female.

      Gungets - 2011-12-24 07:12

      Tshodigirl - women seldom kill themselves using a means that will disfigure themselves. It's a fact. Men shoot, jump. Women take overdoses, gas, poison, (rarely) hang themselves. Ask the psychologists, they have some answers about it, or google it, this is not really the place to discuss it, but the main answer is a (gentle and kind) form of Narcissism. Men use the more violent forms of suicide as a statement.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:23

      @tshodi girl (actually this = Shoddy girl) A non-gender based answer ? You mean one from a sexless being ?? Closest you'll get is a eunuch.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:24

      @ Peter: maybe she didn't want to blow his "bonus".

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:26

      Bullshyte Riaad. Women are mostly screaming psycho bitches when they get angry or "disturbed". They destroy property and relationships at will.

  • Neville - 2011-12-22 12:42


  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-12-22 13:21

    We should really look at alternatives to firearms for our police force, such as remote stun guns. Too many police guns are being used in crimes, either stolen or 'rented' out to criminals. My condolences to both families.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:29

      Tanya, it's a mixture of "too many police guns being used in crimes", AND "too many police being involved in crimes".

  • Elsie - 2011-12-22 13:25

    Kala I am an police officer and it is not "easy" to obtain a fire arm you are issued with one , once you have passed your exams and you know how to handle a weapon. PEOPLE ARE MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE SAP BUT HOW MANY WILL COME AND DO WHAT WE DO DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, EACH ONE SITTING IN HIS COMFERT ZONE !

      Berkold - 2011-12-22 14:09

      Elsie: it IS easy and please do not talk about "once you have passed your exams and you know how to handle a weapon." Why is it then that that the FTO who failed students who, after the complete course and still could not hit the target at SEVEN METERS with a full magazine from their Z88's, was told that NOBODY CAN FAIL, they MUST be passed? Those same students were then passed and issued firearms. Most of them live in the various informal settlements (shacks)and it seems a bit silly to secure a safe to the corrugated iron, not so? Then the FACTS that their qualifications were not verified, they were not vetted to determine criminal records, they had no drivers licenses, they could not speak either English or Afrikaans despite being deployed into communities that spoke those languages? I have much more to share if you wish to further wash dirty laundry in a public forum. Care to comment?

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:37

      Elsie - rubbish. It's too easy. From: THE police lost more than 18?000 revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns between April 2005 and March this year (2011) — many more, it seems, than was originally declared by police chiefs to Parliament. Official police figures obtained in an access to information application show that 2?816 police weapons were lost in KwaZulu-Natal in this period. Policemen stationed at Ulundi have the dubious achievement of having lost more weapons (575) than any other station in the country over the six years. Almost 186 weapons went missing at Durban Central police station. Policemen at stations in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng are more negligent than anywhere else in SA.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:41

      Between 2008 and 2010 only 56 policemen had been charged in connection with lost or stolen weapons

      juanita.steenkamp3 - 2012-01-18 15:52

      Elsie we do know not all of you are the same. ;) I do take my hat off for the kind of work you guys do. For all the good cops out there......thanks!!! For the one's that do protect and serve!!!!

  • Poloko - 2011-12-22 13:52

    South Africans are very difficult creatures. When a sick person commit a crime, they blame the Government. Who would want to be a police officer in South Africa knowing very well that they will probably be killed. Screened or not Police career in SA is very difficult as a result police officers are killing themselves.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:43

      Poloko, police are killing themselves because it's too much effort to go and get killed by a criminal.

  • julie.khan3 - 2011-12-22 15:28

    Married for just a month! Wedded Bliss. Honeymoon period. Joy,Happines!!!! Oh! Why!Why !Why!

  • Lizette - 2011-12-22 19:16

    you dont know the back ground of the story. judge not. It is people like you that push police official over the edge.They have their own stressed lives and all the complainants outside too. They see death, hate and pain every day . Have sympathy

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:46

      That's their jon Lizette. If one cannot handle the nasty bits, don't join. Same applies to working in a hospital or mortuary.

  • Lwando - 2011-12-22 20:51

    I fail to understand why people blame work for this or any murder for that matter because to me if that was the case Police Officers would be killing their Superiors or colleaugues. The fact that they kill their wives or girlfriends makes me wonder if its not a love triangle and the fact that they know women always come first in the court of law no matter how hard a man can try to explain his side of the story( something that women themselves know and abuse)? I also believe this has strong link to many women being killed by their partners and will continue until people stop ignoring the real problem. Lets face the fact, no government, rights groups or courts can stop someone from killing another person as this usally happens when there is no one to stop the murder. Unless we go back to basics we will still read about women being killed by their partners like it or not. You can call me names, but this is the fact.

  • Gwen - 2011-12-23 08:04

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • Victor - 2012-01-01 12:34

    Im starting to think tat our policemen are demented.

      Spotty - 2012-01-07 11:49

      Only 'starting' ??? And you've been considering this view for how long ???

  • juanita.steenkamp3 - 2012-01-18 15:49

    Its just cops cops and yet again cops. And these are the people we have to phone if we have a problem. OMG!!!!

  • pages:
  • 1