Police investigate constable's 'violent history'

A police constable murdered his girlfriend, her uncle and a neighbour, as well as a police officer.

FILE: Alexandra Police Station in Johannesburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While questions have emerged over a policeman's violent history, SAPS management has asked for space to investigate the shooting incident at Alexandra Police Station, which left five people dead.

A police constable murdered his girlfriend, her uncle and a neighbour, as well as the police officer who was helping her before he was tracked down and killed in a shootout with the police.

It's being reported that constable Masie misled his colleagues, who then provided him with the handgun that was used to shoot his girlfriend Sowela Nkuna and three others.

The woman and the two others had arrived at the police station to open a case of domestic violence against the constable.

It is further alleged in The Star report that Masie had a history of violence, and that his service pistol had been seized because he was being investigated on a charge of assault.

It's unclear at this stage whether Nkuna had opened any previous cases against her boyfriend.

The police's Solomon Makgale says management is looking at the constable's employment history and conduct prior to the incident.

Makgale said police themselves have many questions at this stage but are however confident they will get to the bottom of what happened.