A 45-year-old traffic officer from Bela-Bela municipality in Limpopo allegedly shot and killed his 30-year-old girlfriend with his service pistol recently before turning the gun on himself. According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the officer was reportedly on duty on the R101 when he left the scene.
Mojapelo said the tragedy was discovered by a passing motorist who stopped next to the vehicle, apparently thinking the woman lying on the ground was the victim of an accident that might have just happened. He said when the motorist approached the scene, the uniformed traffic officer, who was sitting inside the vehicle allegedly shot himself dead.
Mojapelo said the police were called and on arrival, the body of the woman was found on the ground next to the road, while the body of the officer was found in the vehicle.
“People are urged to seek professional assistance when faced with domestic or relationship challenges and desist from resorting to violent means which often lead to the loss of life,” said provincial police commissioner Gen Nneke Ledwaba.
According to Mojapelo, the police have opened cases of murder and an inquest and investigations are continuing.