Cape Town – A police officer, who reportedly shot dead his girlfriend at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng and attempted to commit suicide, has been granted bail.
Constable Lucky Mudau, 31, was granted R5 000 bail at the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, reports said.
Mudau, who is now wheelchair-bound after turning the gun on himself after he killed his girlfriend, Lebo Monene on February 9, has been currently suspended from his police duties, reported News24.
The police constable spent months in hospital and was subsequently discharged into the care of the Tshwane Rehabilitation Centre, the report said.
The report said that the state did not oppose bail.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, said that exceptional circumstances existed for Mudau to be granted bail, the report said.
The South African reported that Mudau will be back in court on September 21.
Civil movements and the family of the deceased supported the case while the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) called for the officer to face the full might of the law, the report said.
DENOSA spokesperson, Sibongiseni Delihlazo, claimed that the accused had abused the privilege that was extended to officers of the law to enter healthcare facilities with their guns, the report said.
Meanwhile, the family of Monene said it was still mourning her death, a report by eNCA said.
“We were hoping that one day we’ll see someone from Mudau’s family but that has never happened,” the broadcaster quoted the brother of the deceased.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe