A Detective Police Constable Sibusiso Jacky Maseko (32) appeared at the Carolina Magistrate’s Court, Tuesday January 16 following an incident in which he allegedly shot and killed his spouse, her mother and injured her step-father.
This horrific and shocking incident, occurred at Carolina on Sunday, January 14 at about 03:15 am.
According to a provincial police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli, the dramatic event began when the Maseko, allegedly informed the mother of his children that he had a breakdown and requested her to assist in towing his vehicle.
“Thereafter it is said that his partner, together with her mother, step-father as well as her three children went out in her VW Polo to help, without being aware that a tragedy was looming for them.
“Upon arrival, it is further reported that the suspect allegedly opened fire then fatally shot his partner and her mother as well as injured her stepfather who sustained a gunshot wound but survived,”
It is also said that thereafter, the suspect jumped into his partner’s vehicle then fled the scene with the three minors who were inside, leaving behind the victims bleeding profusely,” said Mdhluli.
He further said the Police were somehow alerted about the incident meanwhile the suspect is said to have reportedly lost control of the vehicle as he was fleeing and overturned. He was trapped inside the car with the children and Police were notified.
“Upon arrival at the accident scene, the police arrested the suspect whilst paramedics attended to the children and took one of them to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
A firearm is said to have also been confiscated during the arrest. It is not yet clear whether the victims were shot with an official firearm or not, that will form part of the investigation which is still ongoing,” explained Mdlhuli.
However, the children’s mother as well as their grandmother were unfortunately certified dead at the scene whilst their grandfather was admitted in hospital for medical treatment.
Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe is calling on law enforcement officers to seek help when in distress rather than resorting to violence.
Shongwe said these incidences are worrying because they involve the very police officers who are expected to protect communities from crime, including domestic violence.
“Police officers should be in the frontline to prevent crime. They can not be part of the crime. If they are experiencing problems, they must seek help and not take it out on other people.
The services of Health and Wellness Units in the workplace must be optimally utilized to prevent these types of tragedies,” he says.
He adds that people should always look for signs of abuse or distress in their relationships before they could before it is too late.
He advises couples to seek professional help, and if they feel their differences, they can’t not be resolved to rather walk away.
“The children will now have to live without their parents, and this alone might impact negatively on their psychological and well-being. Let alone the trauma that they are going through. it is very throbbing and disturbing,” he says.