No end to horrific domestic-related killings in Limpopo

The latest statistics are pointing to an increase in murder and gender-based violence cases in Limpopo.

This after a 49-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her 50-year-old husband at the weekend. It is alleged that the man shot her wife in what appears to have been a domestic-related squabble.

The incident happened at Mankweng unit D in Limpopo on Sunday.

Speaking to Sunday World on Monday, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, spokesperson for police in the province, said the killings are triggered by domestic-related issues.

“It is alleged that both the suspect and victim, who are husband and wife, had an argument,” said Ledwaba.

“It appears that the argument became so heated that the husband pulled out a 9mm firearm and shot his wife who was taken by an ambulance to the hospital where she succumbed to injuries.

“We cannot say this is a norm in the area, because any killing is an isolated case. It is not normal for a person to kill another.”

It is reported that after the shooting, the husband drove to the Mankweng police station where he handed himself over to the officer. 

The police are investigating a murder docket and the suspect is expected to appear at the Mankweng magistrate’s court soon to answer to a charge of murder. 

A similar incident happened over a week ago, when a doctor from Donald Fraser Hospital in Thohoyandou allegedly killed his 32-year-old wife who was also a medical doctor. 

A police report shows that the couple had a quarrel before the husband shot his wife and later turned the gun on himself.

Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, provincial police commissioner in Limpopo, condemned the killings and called on couples who might be experiencing marital or relationship problems to seek professional help.

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