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Mpumalanga | Female Police Sergeant & Husband Killed in Shootout with Attackers, 1 Suspect Shot Dead

Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media CentreCorporate Communication and Liaison

NELSPRUIT: Police in Mpumalanga are searching for unknown men who are responsible for the death of a female police Sergeant, who was attached to the Detective Services at Calcutta Police Station. Information at police disposal revealed that in the early hours of Saturday, 01 December 2018, the member, Sergeant Thembisile

Ndlovu aged 42 and her husband, Jabulani Khoza aged 40, were asleep in their house at Angin Court, near Bushbuckridge when they were suddenly attacked by three unknown men who reportedly gained entry through a window. Once inside, a shootout ensued and Ndlovu managed to shoot one of the attackers who died at the scene. The other two suspects are reported to have fired at the couple, instantly killing the Sergeant.

Her husband was rushed to the hospital by neighbours who responded after hearing the gunshots. He unfortunately later succumbed to his wounds. The suspects made off with the couple’s Chevrolet Spark, that was later recovered within the Bushbuckridge area.

As a result of this atrocious crime, the police have opened two counts of murder and an inquest for investigation. In the process, a 72 Hour Activation Plan has been activated by the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, thereby mobilising all necessary resources to ensure that the suspects are arrested as soon as possible. General Zuma has made an earnest appeal to the community, asking them to volunteer invaluable information that may assist in the investigation of the matter with a view to assist in the speedy arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information is requested to contact Lieutenant Colonel Nomsa Mkhwanazi on 082 469 1250 SAPS Crime Stop at 08600-10111.

General Zuma has since condemned the incident in the strongest possible terms, citing that the police are the keepers of the community. He further stated that any attack on a member of the South African Police Service is tantamount to an attack on the state.


Enquiries:  Brigadier Leonard Hlathi:  082 462 0804


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