Family of woman who was shot 14 times living in fear

The family says they fear their lives will be in danger if Bantu Mchunu is released on bail.

Gavel on cuffs. Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a woman who was shot 14 times and killed by her police officer husband says they are living in fear, as he might be released because of the State's failure to follow procedure in collecting evidence.

Bantu Mchunu is expected to appear for a bail hearing in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court today after handing himself over to authorities nearly two weeks ago.

Mchunu murdered his estranged wife at her sister's home in Vosloorus.

Attorney Mzamo Nkobi, who speaks on behalf of the family, says they fear that if Mchunu is released he will come after them

"He's a danger. Everyone is scared of him."

Nkobi says police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has hired junior staff to handle the case and investigators have not been consulting the family about key developments.

"When you go to court you realise that they were not even aware that the protection order was set aside."

Ipid says it did make contact with one family member about the case and all their investigators are capable and qualified enough to do their jobs.