Sithembele Makha, a 28-year-old police officer attached to the VIP Protection Unit has committed suicide on Wednesday after killing his girlfriend. The circumstances of his death has left many people in shock. The man killed himself as his colleagues arrived at his house to arrest him for the murder of Thulelwa Nogilana, 34.
His corpse was found inside his bedroom at his home in Kuyasa, Khayelitsha in South Africa.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut, Nogilana, the mom of one was killed around 7.30am, after arguing with her boyfriend.
“The suspect fled the scene. Later the same day the partner of the victim allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Kuyasa, Harare. He was stationed as a constable at Protection Security Services in Rondebosch. “The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated and a death inquest case docket has been registered.” He said
Traut says the Independent Police Investigative Directorate [IPID] is investigating Thulelwa’s murder.
According to relatives, Makha called Thulelwa’s sister minutes after her murder.
She says Makha had spent the night with Thulelwa.
“The morning they argued, he shot her and then called her sister and told her what he did and that he had locked the house and informed her where to get the keys,” says the woman, who asked not to be identified.
“When the sister arrived, she found Thulelwa on the ground leaning against the kitchen door with her hands over her head.
“Sithembele then came home, his mother was asleep and he went to his room.
“I arrived shortly after 11am and as I was leaving, this small army of police arrived, I guess to arrest him.
“They called him out and he agreed to come out and they made room for him to exit the house but he went to his room.
“When he didn’t come out, police went in and found him kneeling over the bed with blood splattered on the bedspread.
“We were sitting in the house and didn’t even hear the gunshot.”
The woman added: “He leaves behind a seven-month-old baby he had with another girlfriend.”