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KZN cop accused of killing wife, brother-in-law dies

The officer and his wife had been in court for divorce proceedings when he opened fire killing the woman and her brother on Monday.

The mortuary van at the Durban Magistrates Court where two people were shot dead and one critically injured on 26 November 2018. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – A KwaZulu-Natal police officer accused of killing his wife and brother-in-law inside the Durban Magistrates Court has died.

The officer and his wife had been in court for divorce proceedings when he opened fire killing the woman and her brother on Monday.

He then turned the gun on himself and died in hospital on Monday night.

The death of the police officer responsible for killing two relatives means that authorities will now open an inquest docket to understand the details surrounding the incident.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has also called for an investigation into how the cop entered the court with his firearm.

Masutha’s spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga says they plan to meet with the Police Minister.

“To see what can be done to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again in the future. It’s quite a tragic incident.”

The alleged lover of the now deceased wife is understood to have been in the vicinity during the shootings.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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