Cape Town – A 55-year-old man allegedly murdered his paramedic wife before shooting himself in an apparent domestic conflict on Sunday.
According to police, the murdered 44-year-old woman had a protection order issued against her estranged husband who is also a paramedic.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the wife Mokhapi Phalandwa had visited her estranged husband, Norman Phalandwa on Sunday in a rented room in the area after he had moved out of their marital home, said police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo in a statement.
“It is alleged that the wife visited her husband at his rented room this morning at about 06:00. He allegedly took out a firearm and shot his wife and thereafter shot himself.
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“Police were called and on arrival, they found both bodies lying in the street with gunshot wounds,” said Mojapelo.
Police have since opened murder and inquest cases.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has urged people in relationships to seek assistance when experiencing domestic challenges and refrain from resorting to extreme violence.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe