GERMISTON – A Gauteng policeman is facing murder charges after allegedly fatally shooting his estranged wife.
The incident took place over weekend.
The suspect is an SAPS warrant officer, where he works for the organised crime unit. It’s alleged he shot his estranged wife 14 times, killing her instantly.
The suspect fled from Vosloorus to KwaZulu-Natal; he later handed himself over to the police.
“From what we have gathered he used a state vehicle and had a state pistol but there are also rumours that he had a rifle that he took out from work that morning but we are still investigating that,” said Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson, Robbie Raburabu.
Investigators can’t say whether the couple had a history of abuse.
When eNCA visited the house where the shooting took place, relatives were too traumatised to speak.
One expert says the killing of women in South Africa has reached a crisis point.
Lisa Vetten, a Wits Institute for Social and Economic research associate, said, “The question you have to ask because the perpetrator was a police officer: why did he have his firearm; was there a history of domestic violence?”
The suspect is expected to appear in court next week. The deceased leave behind two children.