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Man who went on the run after shooting dead girlfriend now expected in court

Jul 10, 2017
Man who went on the run after shooting dead girlfriend now expected in court

Kei Bridge police detectives over the weekend arrested a 41-year-old man for the alleged murder of his 23-year-old girlfriend.

"The murder was committed on the night of Tuesday, 27 June 2017, at Mahlubini Location, Manqulo Village near Kei Bridge, Butterworth," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"The deceased was shot on her upper body. Her body was found by a passer-by during the morning of Wednesday, 28 June 2017."

He said that Kei Bridge police detectives worked around the clock to crack the case.

The 41-year-old suspect was traced and arrested at Mqanduli on Friday. The firearm that was allegedly used in the commission of murder was also recovered.

"This is another shocking and senseless case where a defenceless woman was murdered.

"It must be emphasized that the safety of women and children is a top priority for the Eastern Cape Police. The non-stop investigation of such cases is in line with our Back to Basics policing approach which requires efficient and responsive investigation of crime utilizing all resources at our disposal to ensure that offenders are brought to book to face the consequences of their ruthless deeds,” said Butterworth Cluster Commander, Brigadier Trevor Mey.

The deceased was identified as Zusiphe Mki aged 23.

The suspect will appear before the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of murder.