A man shoots four family members including a 1-year-old child

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police in Magatle near Zebediela have widened a manhunt following an incident in which a Security Officer allegedly shot and killed his wife’s cousin, sister in law and wounded his estranged wife and a 1-year-old child. The tragic incident took place on Saturday 19 August 2023 at about 19h00 in Makgophong Village.It is alleged that the couple was separated and the wife had moved back home after the two experienced marital problems.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said on that fateful day, apparently called his wife and shortly after that he went to her homestead in the same area. “Upon arrival, he found the victims inside the family motor vehicle and were about to leave when he opened fire on them.The suspect then fled the scene”.

Ledwaba said the Police and emergency medical services were alerted and all the victims were transported to the local hospital. “Sadly, the wife’s cousin and sister succumbed to the injuries while she and a 1- year-old child are in a critical condition”.

Police have opened two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. The motive for the incident is not yet known.

Meanwhile, Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said they are deeply concerned about incidents of domestic violence in our Province, especially during this month when women are celebrated and we expect them to be loved and protected.

Anyone with information that can help in tracing the suspect should contact Captain Malekutu Phasha on 082 445 9614 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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