Limpopo woman shot dead on Boxing Day, allegedly by her husband

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A man is on the run after shooting his wife dead.
A man is on the run after shooting his wife dead.
Duncan Alfreds, News24

  • The Limpopo man who had allegedly shot and killed his wife on Boxing Day was found dead in his car.
  • Allegations are that he had taken his life with the very same gun used to kill his wife.
  • The woman, shot on Boxing Day, was certified dead at the scene and the man allegedly fled in a BMW afterwards.

Limpopo Police have found the body of a man who had fled after allegedly killing his wife at their house in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa on Boxing Day.

Police had launched a manhunt for him after the woman was found dead at their home but confirmed on Monday morning that he was later found dead in his car in  Lulekani, a few kilometers away. It is believed that he shot himself with the same gun used to kill his wife.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo had earlier started that officers in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa had received reports that a woman had been shot and killed, allegedly by her husband, at their house at Rockview New Stands around 12:00 on Sunday.

"Community members reportedly heard a gunshot sound at the said house and rushed to the scene. On arrival, they found a 31- year-old woman… who is said to be the wife of the suspect lying in a pool of blood," said Mojapelo. 

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The woman was certified dead at the scene, he said.

Mojapelo said:

Preliminary investigations conducted at the scene indicated that the suspect allegedly shot his wife and then left the house driving in a BMW motor vehicle.

The suspect was later found dead in Lulekani, around four to five kilometers from the murder scene, said Mojapelo.

He appears to have shot himself, Mojapelo added. 

Police have opened an inquest case alongside the murder investigation, he said.

The incident follows the murder of seven people on Christmas Day. The family members were shot dead at Jimmy Jones Village in Malamulele.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has urged community members to not resort to violence when faced with domestic challenges, and seek assistance from available platforms instead.

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