Domestic violence claims four lives

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

At least four people died in firearm and domestic-related violence during the Easter weekend in Mpumalanga- prompting the police to ask people to resort to other means of solving their problems.

On Monday night, a man from Pienaar, near Nelspruit, visited his girlfriend at Magudu village, near Malelane, about 150km away.

The visit ended with him shooting her and her mother dead.

Sipho Gwebu arrived at the home of his girlfriend, Makhosazana Mgemezulu, and had a heated argument with her.

Mgemezulu's mother, Thoko Simelane, 40, reportedly tried to intervene and was killed.

Her daughter was critically injured.

Gwebu shot himself and died at the scene.

Simelane was shot in the head, Mgemezulu in the head and stomach. Gwebu shot himself through the chin.

When police and paramedics arrived at the scene, Simelane and Gwebu were dead, and Mgemezulu was critically injured.

Mgemezulu was rushed to Shongwe Hospital, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit. Police said she was unable to speak and relate what had happened.

Two firearms, one licensed and the other unlicensed, were found on Gwebu.

A Tonga police spokesman, Mzwandile Nyambi, yesterday asked people with domestic problems to avoid resorting to violence and instead to speak to elders, pastors, the police, chiefs or social workers.

"Talking to these people about problems might reduce these domestic-violence related deaths," said Nyambi.

l A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Cynthia Mitchell, at Glory Hill location, in Graskop, on Saturday morning.

A Graskop police spokesman, Inspector Simon Mashiloane, said the motive for the shooting had not been established.