Colleagues watched in shock as a prominent radiographer was arrested at an Mpumalanga hospital on Friday afternoon in connection with the murder of his wife in January last year.
The bruised and naked body of the woman, who was a nurse at the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic, was found in bushes between Bushbuckridge and Hazyview on January 15.
The provincial police asked members of the community, through the media, to help them with information that might lead to the arrest of the culprit(s) but no arrest was made until Friday.
The 30-year-old victim, who may not be identified because the husband has not yet pleaded in court, was survived by, among others, her son and daughter who are now aged four and eight.
The man was arrested at the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek in front of his colleagues by three plain-clothes policemen who handcuffed him from behind.
"We never had the faintest notion that our colleague could be responsible for the murder of his wife and even exposed her by stripping her naked before dumping her body in the bushes," said one colleague, who asked not to be identified.
Police told Sowetan that more arrests were looming because it looked as if the murder was carried out by more than one person.
"We thank members of the community for assisting us with information that has led to this breakthrough," Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said yesterday.
"Our investigations into the matter are continuing."
The victim's family said they were relieved that justice might finally take its course.
Nelspruit Medi-Clinic's communications manager Robin Baard reacted with shock when Sowetan contacted her with the news of the arrest.
"Serious? Has the husband really been arrested in connection with the murder?" Baard asked on Friday.
She would not say anything more other than that the murdered nurse was very well behaved and soft-spoken.
People who knew the couple told Sowetan that their affair started crumbling as soon as the woman got a job in Nelspruit.
"He had just paid ilobolo to the woman's family but could not stand that she was working far away from him," a source said.