Thursday, May 29, 2014

South Africa: Update--Police Constable, 33, Commits Suicide After Shooting, Injuring His Female Partner

According to The Associated Press, a 33-year-old police constable, Bonginkosi Makaula, reportedly committed suicide after having a domestic disturbance with his female partner, who was shot and injured in the incident on Wednesday night (May 28).

The discourse occurred while the couple was having a meal at a restaurant at Cape Town's International Airport, police reported on Thursday (May 29).
 
The 33-year-old constable, Bonginkosi Makaula, went to the restaurant and spoke to his female partner on Wednesday evening, Police Capt. Frederick van Wyk said in a statement. 

COMMENT: It is not a positive trend that Cape Town police officers have so little discipline and restraint that they are inclined to use lethal force against a female partner and then commit suicide.

The police constable opened fire during the altercation, injuring the girlfriend and two employees who were working the woman in the airport food court, and then strangely pointed his handgun at his head, killing himself instantly.

It is fully understandable why most major cities in South Africa are classified as "Critical" threat for crime, which is the highest level of threat on the US Department of State's four-tier threat categorization system of "Critical, High, Medium and Low" managed by the Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.