A 35-year-old woman will today appear in the Mtunzini Magistrates’ Court in KwaZulu-Natal facing a charge of murder following the fatal shooting of her policeman husband at the weekend.
Sergeant Sihle Shandu, 39, who worked in eShowe, was shot multiple times during what is believed to have been a domestic dispute and later died in hospital on Saturday night, Zululand Observer reported.
According to Mtunzini police spokesperson Lieutenant Sibusiso Guma, police were summoned to the couple’s home at about 7pm.
“At this stage it is believed the suspect used her husband’s service pistol,” he said.
He could not confirm reports the shooting had occurred in view of their children.
The Mtunzini murder is eerily similar to that of a 38-year-old police constable who died from a gunshot wound to the head allegedly during a fight with his wife, also a police officer, just outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga last year.
The victim, Constable Dumisani David Mawela, was stationed with the public-order policing unit in the Hazyview area, while his 33-year-old wife was stationed elsewhere.
Mawela’s grieving father, Mzubase Mawela, at the time said he was shocked when he received the news.
“My son’s lifeless body was lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He was still wearing his police uniform, and his service pistol was still tucked to his waist. His wife’s pistol was the one used to end his life,” he said.
The murder prompted an investigation by Ipid.
– Caxton News Service