Police officer and husband shot dead in Edendale

2017-08-03 14:11
Constable Nobukhosi Msimanga (left) and her husband Thabo Msimanga, who were killed at their home in Edendale on Tuesday night.

Constable Nobukhosi Msimanga (left) and her husband Thabo Msimanga, who were killed at their home in Edendale on Tuesday night. (Supplied)

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A police officer and her husband were shot dead on Tuesday night in an apparent hit in Draaihoek, Edendale.

Constable Nobukhosi Msimanga (39), who was stationed at Alexandra Road SAPS, and her husband Thabo (47), were shot many times when unknown gunmen entered their home.

The shooting happened around 9.30 pm. The couple’s relative, who will not be named to protect her identity, heard the shots being fired and later discovered their bullet-riddled bodies.

“I usually go to bed at around 9 pm but last night I stayed up and was on my phone until 9.30 pm. Around that time I heard the kitchen door open, and a few minutes after numerous gunshots followed,” said the relative.

The visibly shaken woman said she had left the couple in the kitchen with their one-year-old son. “Nobukhosi was washing the dishes while her husband packed his work lunch.”

Constable Msimanga joined the force in 2009 and the pair also married that same year. The woman said after hearing the gunshots, she stayed in her bedroom for a few minutes and waited for the attackers to leave.

“I was hysterical and went to investigate. The kitchen door was wide open but I did not see anyone. I went through to the sitting room and found the child on the sofa alone.”

She said she went out through the front door and she made the gruesome find. Nobukhosi’s lifeless body lay in a pool of blood on the veranda with gunshot wounds. “I moved closer to her to check if she was still alive.

“She was not moving. I kept calling out to her hoping she would respond, but she was already gone.”

She said she then went back inside the house to wake Thabo’s elderly mother, who slept through the incident. “The neighbours also came out to see what was happening after they heard us wailing.”

In the midst of all the shock and confusion, she said she tried to find Thabo to establish what had happened.

“I tried calling him on both his phones but they were just ringing and he did not answer.”

A few minutes later, she saw Thabo’s bloodied body in a ditch a few metres away from their house. “We don’t know what happened. We suspect he was either running away from the gunmen or trying to chase them.”

The family said nothing was taken from the house during the attack.

Thabo also had both his phones and wallet on him when his body was recovered. Police said the motive for the killing is unknown and no arrests have been made thus far.

“My heart has been torn into pieces. They were always so cheerful and they found joy in everything. They wouldn’t hurt a fly. Why would anyone want to kill them?”

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said they were investigating two counts of murder.

On Wednesday, a delegation led by uMgungundlovu­ south cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makhoba visited the Msimanga homestead to offer condolences. “These thugs must know that we will be closing in on them soon,” Makhoba said.

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