'He shot my best friend'


He was standing with her back to him when the shot rang out. She lifted her hand to the burning pain in her neck and felt the warm, sticky blood. The thought flashed through her mind, ‘‘My husband has shot me!’’

Daleen Potgieter turned and saw her best friend trying to prevent her husband from firing again.

‘‘Please, Manie, stop it,’’ Daleen pleaded. Then a second shot echoed through the restaurant and she watched in horror as her friend collapsed with a bloody patch spreading on her neck.

Then a third shot went off and Daleen felt the bullet strike her in the back.

As her two children screamed her husband fled. The police would apprehend him the following day.

The tragedy happened two weeks ago. Last week he finally signed the divorce papers. Daleen was at last free of the man who’d virtually imprisoned her for years with his obsessive jealousy and made her live in fear.

But how tragic it was that her best friend had to pay with her life for his obsession.

Not even in her darkest moments could Daleen (37) have imagined her 51-year-old husband’s jealousy would end in a bloodbath.

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