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Mmabatho police investigate murder and suicide of two constables
2015/06/10

Media Statement from North West Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service

Potchefstroom: 10 June 2015 - Today the Acting Police Provincial Commissioner of the North West Province, Major General Lebeoana Tsumane expressed his sadness for the passing of the two Mmabatho police Constables.

Yesterday, the police in Mmabatho visited a gruesome scene at Dibate village few kilometers away from the Mmabatho Police Station. This was in response to a murder suicide of Constable Johannes Matladi, 37, and Constable Audrey Karele, 31, both stationed at Mmabatho. 

It is understood that Constable Matladi was on duty yesterday when he visited his place of residence, apparently to grab food around lunch time. When he was called on police radio by his crew he did not respond. He was traced to his residence when he had parked his official vehicle there.  After several phone calls were made to him and he did not respond, his colleagues peaked through the windows where he was seen lying on the floor.

The team went to a nearby Seweding village to get the spare keys of the house from his mother-in-law.  Upon opening the house, he was found lying in a pool of blood with his girlfriend.

Preliminary investigations suggested that one of the deceased may have shot the other before turning the gun.

Investigations are underway to determine what really transpired.  "Our condolences go to both the Matladi and Karele families. I'm truly saddened by the manner in which the two lost their lives" added Major General Tsumane.  Major General Tsumane called on all members who have challenges to make use of the Employee, Health and Wellness programme for systems of help and supervisors to assist were possible. 

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