A municipal official in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa, who was responsible for enforcing bylaws, has been arrested for allegedly shooting dead a traffic law enforcement officer. The incident reportedly occurred at a popular lodge in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on April 15, 2023. According to Moeti Mmusi, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security, and Liaison, the official allegedly found the victim in the company of his wife in one of the chalets at the lodge.
Reports suggest that an altercation ensued between the official and the victim, during which the official shot the victim twice, causing fatal injuries. Fortunately, the woman was not harmed in the incident. The alleged killer was subsequently arrested and is due to appear in court soon, according to Mmusi.
The Hawks, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, have also confirmed the incident. Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesperson for the Hawks in Mpumalanga, stated that the accused, a 38-year-old municipal official working as a by-law enforcement officer, was responsible for shooting the victim at Kwanyoni Lodge in Nelspruit. According to Sekgotodi, the victim and a female friend had booked a chalet at the lodge, where they were later confronted by the woman’s husband.
Sekgotodi added that an altercation ensued between the two men, during which a beer bottle was broken. The victim reportedly ran out of the chalet, followed by the husband, who then fired several shots, ultimately resulting in the victim’s death. The crime scene was attended by the Hawks Nelspruit-based Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Nelspruit Vispol, and Nelspruit Local Criminal Record Centre.
The accused has since handed himself over to the SAPS Nelspruit, and his official firearm, which was allegedly used in the commission of the crime, has been seized. He has been charged with murder and is currently detained pending his first court appearance. The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, with many calling for stricter gun control measures and improved conflict resolution mechanisms.