Cape Town – An ex-police officer reportedly shot his wife and her three siblings before turning the gun on himself on Sunday night in Standerton, Mpumalanga.
According to News24, the incident occurred “after they had an argument in the driveway of the couple’s home”.
The wife, 36, is fighting for her life in the hospital. Her siblings, however, died as a result of the shots, the report said.
The three siblings included two sisters, aged 40 and 44, and a 37-year-old brother.
Her husband was found dead next to his firearm.
IOL reported that following the death of the alleged shooter, police have opened a case with three counts of murder, attempted murder, and an inquest.
“The motive for the incident following the facts suggests that it could be domestic-related. Nonetheless, the matter is being investigated by the police,” the report quoted Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala as saying.
Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, the provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, expressed concern over domestic-related incidents in the province.
“We call on members of the society not to bottle inside but rather seek professional help as soon as possible whenever they come across hurdles in life rather than resorting to violence,” said Manamela as quoted by the report.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo