A senior police officer from the KwaZulu-Natal Protection and Security Services Unit is facing charges of attempted murder after he allegedly shot his wife during a domestic dispute on Sunday night.
The brigadier appeared in court on Monday and is now out on R2000 bail with strict conditions. He will re-appear at the Verulam magistrates court on 27 November 2019.
According to The Mercury, the police officer is well-known and has served as a bodyguard to politicians, including former president Nelson Mandela in the early 1990s.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate acting national spokesperson, Sontaga Seisa told DRUM that the IPID has now taken over the case and are investigating the allegations of attempted murder against the brigadier who is stationed at the SAPS VIP KZN provincial office.
“The allegations are that the brigadier had an argument with his wife in their home on Sunday the 20th of October 2019. Their argument led to a physical struggle between the suspect and his 40year old wife which ended with the wife being shot on her arm. The officer’s wife was taken to hospital for medical treatment while the suspect handed himself in at the Phoenix police station.”
The suspect who is now out on bail is not to interfere or even contact state witnesses, including his wife.
According to the Daily Maverick and IPID’s annual report for the past financial year, domestic violence executed by members of the SAPS in the country accounted to a total of 33 deaths. KwaZulu-Natal also recorded the highest number of attempted murder cases that were currently in court in the 2018/19 financial year.
The total number of attempted murder cases by police officers in the province currently stands at 22. The report also states that the number of cases on the court’s roll reflected cases where the investigation was of such a nature that the National Prosecuting Authority accepted IPID’S recommendation of the institution of criminal prosecution against officers.