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Police in Mpumalanga urge communities to seek professional help whenever they are faced with life challenges

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga


NELSPRUIT - The Police in Mpumalanga urges communities to seek professional help whenever they are faced with life challenges. The advice comes after the gruesome death of a father and son, suspected to be domestic related violence. In this incident, a young man, aged 21 was reportedly shot and killed allegedly by his 48-year-old father. The said incident occurred at Standerton on Saturday, 02 October 2021 around 10h00am but shockingly, the father's body, which had gunshot wound was also discovered as well as a firearm next to him.

According to information at police disposal, members of the SAPS at Standerton together with the medical personnel were alerted about the incident and upon their arrival the young man as well as the father were unfortunately certified dead at the scene. A probe of murder has commenced whilst an inquest is being investigated by SAPS members from Standerton. Preliminary investigation suggests that after fatally shooting the son, the father reportedly turned the gun on himself.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has vehemently condemned the incident and considered it as regrettable and also made a clarion call to members of the public to obtain professional assistance whenever they go through life challenges.


Brigadier Selvy Mohlala