Nelspruit A 38-year-old off duty police Constable, stationed at Kabokweni who has been arrested for two counts of murder and attempted murder has been remanded in custody.
Constable Bonginkosi Malinga was not asked to plea during his first appearance but directed to appear again on Friday, 03 January 2020, for a formal bail application. The arrest of Malinga came after on Sunday, 29 December 2019, police received information about a shooting incident where three people were shot. The information further indicated that the suspect involved is a police officer. The police on duty went to investigate and discovered that the suspect involved was indeed a police officer who in an actual fact went to Pienaar to visit a lady friend Goodness Mhaule (34) but found her in company of another man, identified as Sibusiso Justice Khoza (31).
The report which was gathered at the scene suggest that the cause of the shooting was a result of a heated argument which ensued within the circle and subsequently, Malinga allegedly drew out his service firearm and shot at Khoza. He then went on a shooting rampage where he fatally shot Mhaule as she was running towards her parents' house for help as well as her brother, who was trying to intervene during the commotion.
Police and Medical personnel were summoned to the scene where both Mhaule and Khoza were certified dead. The suspect was immediately arrested whilst the brother, who sustained injuries during the shooting was taken to hospital for medical treatment.
Malinga appeared today, 31 December 2019, at Kabokweni Magistrates's\ Court facing two counts of murder and attempted murder.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has welcomed the remanding of the suspect in custody. He further mentioned that an internal disciplinary action against the member is underway meanwhile, IPID will proceed with the criminal investigation.
Source: South African Police Service