28-year-old woman was allegedly gunned don by her husband inside the Madeira Police Station in Mthatha, Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon 7 September 28-year-old woman was allegedly gunned down by her husband inside the Madeira Police Station in Mthatha, Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon 7 September.
The preliminary report suggests that the woman had gone to the police station to report domestic violence. The husband then shot her. The incident, according thesouthafrican.com, took place on the same day President Cyril Ramaphosa elaborated on three new bills set to combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed shock and dismay at the domestic violence-related killing.
“Whilst she was busy reporting to the police officer at the Community Service Centre, the husband entered the station and without saying anything, started shooting at the wife who succumbed to injuries sustained at the scene,” said Kinana.
The 42-year-old suspect, who is believed to be working as a security guard in one of the prominent Security Companies in Mthatha, is alleged to have attempted to escape after committing the crime in the police station but was chased and eventually arrested by police.
“The firearm he had in his possession was confiscated and will be sent to the forensic laboratory for ballistic testing,” said Kinana.
Ntshinga strongly condemned the murder of the woman and described it as “unwarranted” and “devastating”.
“The fact that the suspect followed the deceased all the way to the police station demonstrates a premeditated onslaught on the woman. This is very sad and unfortunate. I am, however, delighted at the rapid move by the police to arrest the suspect. Acts of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide cannot be forgiven, therefore, the suspect must face the law and answer for his actions” said Ntshinga.
A murder case has been opened against the suspect for investigation. Once charged, the suspect will appear in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court on murder-related charges.