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East London policeman kills wife, brother-in-law before turning gun on himself

Sep 13, 2018
East London policeman kills wife, brother-in-law before turning gun on himself

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General LE Ntshinga, says she has learnt with shock about the murder-suicide incident involving a policeman that took place on Wednesday evening in Nompumelelo Informal Settlement, Beacon Bay, East London.

"Sivuyile Mbaduli, 37 years old, who was stationed at Kidds Beach Police Staion CSC, is alleged to have shot his wife, his brother-in-law and turned his service pistol on himself," said police spokesperson, Col Michelle Matroos.

"At the time of the incident, he was to have reported for duty, instead he booked off sick for night duties.

"At approximately 17:30 on Wednesday, he arrived at his place of residence and went to the back of the main house where his wife was."

It is further alleged that the brother-in-law Siyabulela Cweba (44 years of age) heard gun shots, coming from the outside dwelling.

He went to the outer building to investigate.

"When he entered the shack where he heard the gunshots coming from, he met up with the policemen who shot him, killing him instantly.

"It's believed that, after shooting the brother in law the constable turned the gun on himself," said Col Matroos.

"Local paramedics were summoned to the scene and they certfied all three victims dead on arrival."

At this stage, the preliminary investigations strongly suggests that this has been a case of a murder-suicide.

"Two counts of murder and an inquest is being investigated."

Col Matroos said that the policeman left four kids aged 15,12, nine and seven.

"Our hearts goes out to the victims' families, friends and the residents in the area. The South African Police Service will render the necessary Employee Health and Wellness assistance to the family during their time of need.

"We would once again urge our members to consult our professional employee assistance support structures within the organization to help them with their personal wellness challenges," Lt Gen Ntshinga said.