Mpumalanga cop kills girlfriend, self

2011-12-30 08:21

Johannesburg - A police officer has shot his girlfriend dead before committing suicide near White River in Mpumalanga, police said on Friday.

Sergeant Andries Motau, 36, shot Nelisiwe Mbuyane several times outside her home in Kabokweni on Thursday afternoon, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

He then committed suicide by turning the gun on himself. Both died on the scene.

The 30-year-old Mbuyane was a nurse at the Bhuga clinic near White River.

"She had opened a case of intimidation and applied for a protection order against Motau shortly before the incident," Hlathi said.

Motau was stationed at the Kanyamazane police station.

  • Ian - 2011-12-30 08:44

    and happy new year to y'all bang bang

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 09:18

      This is a plague. What are the police doing to stop this sort of thing?

      Sharon - 2011-12-30 14:25

      What? Again? I understand that the police are under stress, hell, we all are, but this is happening far too often. I am sure previous incidences like this have been investigated. I hope the findings will be released so that corrective action can be taken.

  • MrGuyT - 2011-12-30 08:44

    This is happening far to often . Stop equipping unfit people with weapons.......

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 09:29

      @MrGuyT: and just how do you propose to determine *unfit* people? Their level of education? Their political persuasion? The clothes they wear? Their religious beliefs? The color of their skin perhaps? Please elaborate on the basis of your *unfit* statement. The problem can NEVER be GUNS ..... Guns are inanimate objects, just like knives, hammers, machetes, tyres, bottles, baseball bats etc. All INANIMATE and capable of nothing WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION. Or are you preaching animism perhaps?

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 17:34

      To all those that gave a "thumbs down" to my post, you probably had no idea what I was talking about, right? Or do you all actually support those who wish to disarm the victims? Take the possibility of victims actually defending themselves out of the equation thereby giving criminals like this a free hand? If this is the case, that you'all actually understood what I posted and still chose to give a "thumbs down" then you deserve the rubbish you are sitting with in Government, you deserve the rubbish you are sitting with in your police department, you deserve the rubbish you have running your school system, your health system, your justice system. You DESERVE that rubbish as you voluntarily place your collective heads in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong or that your government has the best intentions for it's citizens. SHEEP!!!

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 17:46

      The problem i feel with weapons being very handy - ie policemen - and the constant practice with or use of them, it becomes very easy to draw that weapon and fire it. Other members of society are not that accustomed to a weapon and it would mean fetching it planning it and much more time to consider actually using it.

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 17:48

      @MrGuyT: also, please elaborate just what your problem was? Was it with the fact that this murderer killed his girlfriend? Or was it that he used a firearm? Would you have preferred if he had used an assegai? A brick perhaps? Do you now see how pointless your comment was? Or maybe not, hey? Nobody currently knows what criteria this man had to meet in order to be admitted to the Police service. (or do you have those facts?) In this instance it should make no difference. He killed his girlfriend, end of story. That ACT BY HIM was illegal irrespective of which implement he used. He killed himself directly afterwards thereby ensuring that the family of his victim did not have to subsidize him in jail for the rest of his life. Or would you have preferred that he killed her with a rock and then tried to do the same to himself? I would have preferred that his VICTIM had been armed and that the skewed legislation in your country had given her the RIGHT TO SELF PROTECTION. Then the headlines would have read ARMED WOMEN SHOOTS BOYFRIEND IN SELF DEFENSE. Unfortunately she had been so disempowered by legislation in your country that for her to obtain a LEGAL firearm is such a tedious affair it seems almost not worth the effort. The same applies for all other law abiding citizens, yet very few objected to the unconstitutional legislation that stripped you of your rights to self defense, your rights to life, making the life of the criminal more important that the victims.

  • Ron - 2011-12-30 08:51


      AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 16:56

      Ha ha - standard fare for you :))

  • KayMoruane - 2011-12-30 08:52

    "Fire Crackers"

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-30 08:52

    This is so tragic and senseless but sadly happening far too often in the SAPS. Surely there is something wrong with the selection criteria when screening potential candidates as police officers.

  • Thoka - 2011-12-30 08:53


      sakkie.vukaphi - 2011-12-30 09:54

      The only way to have a healthy any year is for women to understand when to leave a man alone. Oh God they can talk. My condolences anyway, as there are many ways of solving that, leaving her being one them. But please, give men some peace & space.

      Chantelle - 2011-12-30 13:10

      @sakkie - i was going to justify what you said - cos i though it was a grammatical error - but then, i read the end... firstly, get a life, she got a restraining order against him - he obviously couldnt leave her alone - secondly,"Oh God they can talk"- sounds like a man who likes to have more than one woman and has a problem with commitment issues talking. get a life bru... read properly.

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 17:50

      Wow that's the worst comment i've read ever - what makes you think she did the talking? You should consider a cave in the rain forest somewhere - alone.

  • Maxwell - 2011-12-30 10:02

    The real problem here is that of infedality, cheating and both sexes should learn that people are not used but they are loved as a result of this tragedy

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2011-12-30 10:14

    @ Sakkie: wtf? Women must know when to leave a man alone? How bout the other way round? She had an order against him! He wouldn't leave her alone and was obviously jealous so destroyed her life.. And because he's "SUCH A MAN" took his own as he clearly cannot stand up to what he did. Your comment is stupid!

  • Jason Morgan - 2011-12-30 13:19

    Ooh no. Not again Nathi mthethwa I hope you're reading this kind of news. Please police minister stop equipping unfit police officer's here in Britain police only carry guns if they're responding to a terrorist act or to someone who is heavely armed in public areas. Let's stop killing each other my beloved south Africans amen.

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 17:56

      @Jason Morgan: what rubbish!!! In fact the Police just down the road in central London are carrying firearms. Armed Police patrolling area around Old Brompton, Fulhan and King's Roads earlier. Parking area at London Royal and armed coppers. Your statement was bollocks, mate. How about the fact that crime committed with firearms (handguns) which are BANNED in the UK are increasing at an alarming rate?

      Jason Morgan - 2011-12-30 18:48

      @berkold first don't say I'm talking rubbish please.secondly I live just opposite to the police station here in folkestone Kent and I still support my statement I have never seen police walking around with guns except that button stick they will be caring when they go to the shopping malls in the city center. Even in ashord where their city is bigger than folkestone I have never seen them with guns before. There's big hospital called William Harvey in ashford even if they're patrolling there they do it without carrying guns. So if police in London are going around armed with guns does that make me to be rubbish to you. If you had a bad day learn not to take your frustration to other people cheers.

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 19:55

      @JasonMorgan: Folkestone is a little fishing village: *lol* And I was not trying to be offensive, merely to present facts. You probably either Trinity or West Bov, all quiet area and sure the local bobby not carrying arms BUT the rate they are being armed would scare the poop out of you. And not soon enough if you ask me. To conclude, not making YOU rubbish, just the statement that the police here ONLY carry guns when responding to terrorist threats or somebody that us heavely(sic) armed in public. Heavily armed here equates to carrying a pocket biltong knife and a fork set. Be safe and be blessed.

      Jason Morgan - 2011-12-30 20:40

      @berkold I do agree with you. Thanks for the correction and have a safe festive holidays aswell.

  • chris.piro2 - 2011-12-30 14:50

    one thing we must bear in mind , once your relationship reaches a stage where there is a protection order you must know you are a prisoner thats why most of men resort to actions like this

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 16:59

      Yes I agree - but it can't be that bad you can't walk away? If he had no weapon handy I wonder if it would have had the same outcome?

      Berkold - 2011-12-30 17:58

      @AyGeeWils: It should have not come to a murder, I agree. However, if he did not have a weapon handy he would have found something, believe me. At that stage, when people feel they CANNOT walk away, unfortunately our flawed human nature emerges. Yes I agree as well that he should just have shot himself.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-30 16:55

    Why the hell does he not just shoot himself! bloody coward!

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-31 21:19

    i fully understand this man's state of mind

  • Amanda - 2012-01-01 07:25

    My question is, why wasn't the cops pistol taken away from him once the case had been opened?

  • charockthony - 2012-01-01 11:32

    Your known people , must see who should be an police man and see if have right to have an gun , because anothers when get hunger they use it to take stress out !

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-31 08:24

    Give that cop's family a case of Bells. We need to clean the gene pool.

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