Metro policeman killed on his way to work
At 5am, he left home to catch a taxi. Seconds later, gunshots rang out and his wife found him lying on the ground while his assailants ran off
AS USUAL, Patricia Ndlebende bid her husband goodbye yesterday morning as he went to board a taxi to work.
Ndlebende, 31, told Sowetan that she had an eerie feeling as she watched her husband, Thembelani Khuboni, disappear around the corner from their house in Pimville, Soweto.
Seconds later, gunshots rang out and Khuboni, 42, a Johannesburg metro police officer, lay in a pool of blood.
He died in a hail of bullets from two unknown assailants who fled the scene with his service pistol.
"I watched him turn the corner, but before I could close the gate I heard several gunshots coming from his direction. I rushed to the scene ... and there he was on the ground.
"I saw two men running from the scene towards an open field. They were carrying a bag," the distraught wife said.
Khuboni was shot just after 5am while on his way to catch a taxi to the Loveday Street, Johannesburg, metro police depot where their cars are kept overnight.
The incident happened near the Pimville Stadium, according to police.
Ndlebende was due to leave for home in Emzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, later this week for the long weekend.
The family had planned a cleansing ceremony, and Khuboni would have joined up with Ndlebende and his other wife Nobantu Nogxolo.
He leaves behind seven children.
Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said: "The officer was shot several times in the upper body after leaving his house, which is only two minutes away from the scene of crime."
No arrests have been made.
Yesterday's fatal shooting was the second involving traffic officers in the past four days.
On Saturday, two metro police cops were robbed of their service pistols when they unwittingly walked into a robbery at a Fourways store.
They escaped unharmed.
MEC for community safety in Gauteng Faith Mazibuko said attacking law enforcement officers was tantamount to attacking the state.