Family mourns mom 'shot by in-law cop'

November 21, 2016. Ditsepu Thobejane mourns the death of his wife Dyna, who was allegedly killed execution style by her former son-in-law outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. Inset: Dyna Thobejane . Pic: Sandile Ndlovu. © Sowetan
November 21, 2016. Ditsepu Thobejane mourns the death of his wife Dyna, who was allegedly killed execution style by her former son-in-law outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. Inset: Dyna Thobejane . Pic: Sandile Ndlovu. © Sowetan

A woman who was shot and killed allegedly by her former son-in-law at the weekend has been described as a sweet person who would never harm anyone.

Dyna Thobejane, 63, was killed in cold blood in front of her husband and children on Friday afternoon at Moshate Ga-Sekororo village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. The mother of eight was busy with chores when the man, who broke up with the victim's daughter early this year, entered the yard and allegedly opened fire on her.

The man, who is a warrant officer stationed at Maake police station in Lenyenye, allegedly shot and killed Thobejane without saying a word. He had allegedly accused the victim of bewitching him.

He turned himself in soon afterwards and was charged with murder.

Thobejane' s husband Ditsepu Thobejane, 74, said he was not in a position to speak as he was still in mourning.

Their son Christopher said his mother was a "cool and sweet" person who would not harm anyone.

The 31-year-old man, who is also a police officer stationed at Vorsterhoop, a farming area near Vryburg in North West, said he was still angry at his mother's killing. "I was very close to my mother and we used to converse a lot. Her death has left a huge gap in the family as all of us used to rely on her for advice in life," he said.

"I find it difficult to cope with life after the death of my mother. The manner in which she was killed makes me spend sleepless nights thinking of her all the time."

The victim's younger brother, Sekopo Mahlo, said it was still difficult for him to accept her death.

"The manner in which my sister died has left a scar in my heart. It will take time to heal," he said.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the case had been referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). Attempts to get comment from Ipid drew a blank as its spokesman Moses Dlamini's phone was switched off.

frankm@sowetan.co.za

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