CrimeGender Based Violence

Man shoots wife dead

Kempton Park – A man has been arrested after he shot and killed his wife on Monday morning in Birch Acres, because he thought she was an intruder, according to him.

  The 33-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday.

  The deceased Hlengiwe Masango’s relatives said this was a case of gender-based violence. Her cousin Sine Mhlongo said: “We found that she had been shot twice on the chest, and he claims he thought there was an intruder. She was fully dressed; it seems they were having an argument, he lied to cover up the murder.”

  She added that while she never witnessed any abuse, she sometimes noticed strange behaviour from her, such as her being unavailable. “When he called she would drop everything and return home,” Mhlongo said.

  The deceased is survived by a three-year-old girl and an eight-month-old boy. 

  Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the suspect claimed he fired two shots with his licenced firearm when he thought an intruder had broken into their home, and then found that he had shot his wife.

  The shooting reminds of the incident in which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

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