Murdered Motherwell cop's husband and three other suspects expected in court

JANUARY 11, 2016

The estranged policeman husband of a murdered Port Elizabeth policewoman, Constable Nomathamsanqa Ivy Tsitsi, who was brutally gunned down outside her Motherwell home, Mlungisi Tsitsi, and three other suspects, is expected to appear in the Motherwell Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after he was remanded in custody by the court in December.

He has been charged with his wife's murder along with the three other suspects, Msindisi Bhebhula, Thembani Rorwana and Ndiphe Soqokomashe.

Constable Tsitsi, 36, was brutally gunned down as she arrived at her home in Mcelu Street, NU8, Motherwell after working night shift when an unknown male approached her and fired several shots towards her vehicle, a black Citroen, on 12 November. 

She sustained injuries to the upper body and passed away on the scene.

Mlungisi, also 36, was arrested just after attending Tsitsi's Memorial Service in KwaZakhele Township in Port Elizabeth.

The motive for the murder was still under investigation but it is understood Mlungisi and Nomathamsanqa were going through a divorce.

“It is in indeed a sad day for the Police in the Province when we report the killing of yet another police official. It is with unmeasurable sadness that we express our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Constable Nomathamsanqa Ivy Tsitsi.

"We condemn the killing in the strongest possible way and will zealously bring to book those, who never think twice when shooting and murdering police officials. We will also provide all the necessary support to our slain colleague’s family to help them through this very testing time,” said the Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta said then.

Constable Tsitsi joined the SA Police Service on 10 January 2005 and was stationed at Zwide SAPS as a shift worker.

“We also make call on our courageous men and women in blue to please observe safety measures at all time to protect themselves when carrying out their duties and to be alert against attacks whether on or off duty,” concluded Lt General Binta.

The case has become the latest incident where a woman has died at the hands of her spouse.

In April, Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, allegedly masterminded the faked abduction and murder of his teacher wife, Jayde. 

In November, Panayiotou and alleged hitman Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, and Sinethemba Nenembe, 28, who was more recently linked to the case, appeared before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court and the case was postponed to January 11 for further investigation. Read more on this, CLICK HERE.

Also in late November, an off-duty Jeffreys Bay cop was shot dead by her security guard husband apparently following a heated domestic argument. Read more on this, CLICK HERE.

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