The community has been left baffled as the two were known to have been friends for about seven years
A few moments after kissing a man on his cheek to celebrate the arrival of the new year, a woman was shot dead by the same man and died on the spot.
The 42-year-old Fezile Ngema who was friends with the suspect went and kissed him on the cheek as everyone got into celebration mood just after midnight on New Year’s Day.
The suspect allegedly then pulled out his gun and shot her eight times killing her on the spot.
The Umlazi community has been left baffled as the two were known to have been friends for about seven years.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a case of murder was being investigated by the Bhekithemba police station.
“It is alleged that on January 1, 2020, just after midnight, at AA section in uMlazi, a 42-year-old woman was fatally shot by a known suspect. She sustained a gunshot wound to the forehead and was declared dead at the scene.
“A 36-year-old suspect was placed under arrest for murder. He will appear in court soon,” Gwala said.
Javu Baloyi, spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality, said he hoped high-profile cases such as the rape and murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was killed by post office worker Luyanda Botha in Cape Town, would send a strong message about the consequences of violence against women. Botha received a triple-life sentence for his crime.
Baloyi said he hoped 2020 would mark an end to gender-based violence.
“The loss of one life is one too many,” he said.
Baloyi said men should learn not to respond with violence if they are angry, and that they should rather walk away from the situation or keep quiet.
He said the reason South Africa was a violent society was because many people had violent upbringings and expected the government to provide solutions for all their problems. He said people should learn to find their own solutions to problems.
Baloyi said the Durban office of the commission would keep a close eye on the progress of the Ngema case.2 comments