Policeman shoots wife then himself

A Krugersdorp man has shot his wife and himself, details are still unclear.

Man holding gun. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - A police officer has allegedly shot his wife before turning the gun on himself in what appears to be a double suicide murder in Kagiso in western Johannesburg.

Authorities say members of the community alerted police after the 35-year-old and his wife were found dead in their home last night.

Details surrounding the incident are still sketchy. The police's Katlego Mogale says an investigation is underway.


Last month, Paul Nothnagel shot and killed his teenage daughters Chané (18) and Mischke (14), wounded his ex-wife and committed suicide on last month.

Police say Nothnagel waited behind a tree for his ex-wife Linda's car as she approached an intersection while she was on her way to drop off the girls at school.

He then opened fire hitting his ex-wife and two daughters before rushing back to his car to shoot himself.

The girls died on the way to the hospital. Linda was hit twice in her lower body and was rushed to hospital where she subsequently recovered.

Earlier this year a 41-year-old woman was shot by her husband at their Strandfontein home. It was alleged that the victim's 43-year-old husband fired several shots at her.

The woman was treated at her home and was later moved to a nearby hospital.

"Police managed to diffuse the situation," said the police's Frederick van Wyk.

"They negotiated with the suspect and he voluntarily gave himself over to police members."


The country is still struggling to curb the ongoing violence against women and children. In the lead up to Women's Day on Friday, government instituted Imbizos in various high risk provinces in an effort to educate women and to encourage them to speak out about abuse.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Helen Zille addressed women in Wattville east of Johannesburg on Women's Day commemorating the 20, 000 women who marched to the union buildings 57 years ago.

Zille said beating poverty in one generation will ensure a prosperous future for all.

"It is possible. Through working with every person to change the life chances of every child."