POLICEMAN CONDEMNED BY KZN MEC FOR MURDER
By: Tankiso Moshoeshoe
The Kwazulu-Natal MEC condemns and welcomes the arrest of a policeman who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend in Mphophemeni near Howick.
On Sunday, a 30-year-old constable from Msinga, allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Zandile Mahlaba (20) and allegedly shot Mahlaba’s new partner, Prince, who was attempting to flee the scene.
The suspect then shot himself but survived- however Mahlaba’s new partner, Prince, is in a critical condition in hospital.
“The suspect was arrested but escaped from a police vehicle and fled into a nearby sugarcane plantation.
He was subsequently arrested after an extensive search,” said Sipho Khumalo.
Talking at a media briefing, MEC Willies Mchunu said that as government, they will continue to urge the people, including police officers to settle differences or disputes by
exploring the route of peaceful talks, instead of violence.
“We totally condemn the actions of this policeman and we welcome his subsequent arrest, as it will send as strong message that those who maim and kill will be brought to justice and
face the long arm of the law,” said Mchunu.
He added that most of the police officers in KwaZulu-Natal are honest and devoted.
“We caution that the whole house should not be painted with one brush, and we also stress that not all police officers engage in criminal acts,” he added.
A call to (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) IPID to conduct an investigation into this matter has been made.