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Widow fatally shot and two family members injured

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: The SAPS management in Mpumalanga under the leadership of the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of the widow of the late Chief Clyde Mnisi, Charlene Felicity Mathews (30). She was reportedly gunned down in the early hours of today, Tuesday 04 April 2023 around 01:10. A case of murder with two counts of attempted murder is being investigated by the police in Calcutta.

According to the information, the police at Calcutta were called to a shooting incident at the residential place of the late Chief. Upon arrival they found the lifeless body of the woman with multiple gunshot wounds on the head. Two other males identified as family members were also sustained gunshot wounds after being shot and they were taken to hospital for medical treatment meanwhile the female victim was unfortunately certified dead by the paramedics who also attended the scene. 

Preliminary investigation by the police has since revealed that armed suspect(s) somehow got into the house and shot at the three victims and then fled the scene.  A team of investigators has been assembled and have already began with the probe with the hope to arrest the perpetrator(s). Part of the investigation will be to establish on how the suspect(s) gained entry into the house. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage. No one has been arrested thus far. Police urge anyone with information that may assist in apprehending the suspect(s) to call the Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSapp. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

Her husband, Chief Clyde Mnisi (37) was fatally shot on the Airport Road near White River next to Kruger-Mpumalanga International (KMI) Airport in the evening of Sunday, 26 March 2023 around 23:00. His killers are still at large and have not yet been found.


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