A 34-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his wife on Thursday in the parking area of Shoprite supermarket in Polokwane.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said they received a call about the incident at about 2pm and rushed to the scene. "On arrival, the bullet-riddled body of a 32-year-old woman was found inside a motor vehicle.
"Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased, who is believed to be from Seshego township, was together with a certain man inside the said vehicle when her husband arrived," he said.
Mojapelo said that an argument allegedly ensued and the husband took out a firearm and shot the woman several times. She died instantly.
"The man who is reported to have been together with the deceased allegedly fled from the scene and his identity is still subject for investigation.
"Police later recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the murder," he said.
Celebgosssip has learnt that the woman was working for one of the major banks in the shopping centre at the corner of Grobler and Landdros Mare streets. The video of the alleged killer went viral on social media showing him on top of a building allegedly threatening to commit suicide by jumping off it.
Mojapelo said the firearm will be sent for a ballistic examination to determine if it was used in the commission of other serious crimes. "Its lawfulness will also form part of the unfolding investigations. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out," he said.
The police urged people to seek professional assistance when confronted by domestic or relationship challenges and to desist from resorting to extreme measures which often lead to serious injuries or the loss of life.
The suspect will appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court soon, facing a charge of murder.
MEC for social development Nkakareng Rakgoale said she was concerned about the continuing cases of gender-based violence and femicide, despite calls for people who are experiencing problems in relationships to seek professional help.
"As a society we must pause and find ways to end these senseless killings of people whom we describe as vulnerable. It seems like our call for people to seek professional help when they are faced with challenges is just falling on deaf ears," she said.