Durban - The 30-year-old Msinga policeman who allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend when he found her on a date with another man, was caught by his fellow officers on Monday with a gun he had taken off another policeman.
Police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, confirmed that the suspect was tracked down by the Crime Intelligence and K9 units.
He will appear in the Howick Magistrate’s Court this week charged with murder and attempted murder.
The officer, whose name is known to the Daily News, allegedly stalked his ex-lover, 20-year-old Zandile Mahlaba and her new partner, identified only as “Prince”, a police officer from the Mphopomeni area near Howick, and waited outside Prince’s house for almost two hours before the fatal shooting early on Sunday.
Mahlaba was shot in the head and died at the scene. Prince, who tried to run away, was shot in the back and remains in a critical condition in a Pietermaritzburg hospital.
Mahlaba’s brother, Thubelihle, who had been conned by the shooter to take him to Prince’s house, told the Daily News on Monday that he was traumatised by the shooting.
“I can still hear my sister pleading with him (shooter) to stay away from her. And now she’s gone,” he said.
He confirmed that his sister and the shooter had dated for about a year and she had recently broken up with him because of his “controlling nature”.
He said that the memory of holding his sister’s lifeless body in his arms would haunt him forever. Thubelihle described his sister as a hard worker who had been employed at a Greytown tavern.
“To me, she was a best friend and a mother. She supported her family and was always smiling,” he said.
Tragically, Mahlaba would have celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday and her family had planned a surprise party for her. Instead, they are now planning her funeral, which will be held this week.
“My family has been torn apart and we want justice for my sister,” Thubelihle said.