South Africa: Woman shot and killed, ex-boyfriend suspected

12 February 2010

In June last year, Nomalanga Nkosi, 37, laid a charge of pointing a firearm against her former boyfriend. This week, he allegedly used that gun to kill her.

Nkosi was gunned down in the backyard of her Phiri, Soweto, home on Monday morning.

For years, her family said, she had applied for protection orders against her former boyfriend. He simply ignored them.

On Monday morning, Nkosi returned from taking her child to creche when she allegedly met her former boyfriend close to her home.

The man, members of the Nkosi family allege, came into the house and went to the backyard. There he drew a gun and told Nkosi that he was going to shoot her.

He placed his arm around Nkosi's neck, put the gun to her head and shot her. When she fell to the ground, he continued firing.

He then placed the gun in a plastic bag and walked away.

Since then the family are living in fear. On Tuesday, one of them phoned the ex-boyfriend, and he allegedly told them he was going to return to the house and shoot two of the family, then shoot himself.

On Thursday night, police said the man was still on the run. Family members said the murder was the culmination of a string of beatings and abuse that Nkosi had endured.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on February 12, 2010

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