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Masoyi police officer pleads guilty to three counts of murder

Sergeant Sizwe Khoza of the Masoyi Police Station, who shot his wife and her two siblings dead, claimed a nervous breakdown was the reason he committed the murders.

Sergeant Sizwe Khoza of the Masoyi Police Station has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder after he shot and killed his wife Nomthandazo Mnisi (35), her sister Colisile Mnisi (32), a nurse at Matikwane Hospital, and her brother, Dennis Mkhantshwa (42), in Sand River Trust, Hazyview on April 30 last year.

He appeared in the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court in Mbombela on Monday June 3.

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According to the provincial spokesperson for National Prosecuting Authority, Monica Nyuswa, Colisile and Mkhantshwa had been at the couple’s home that day as mediators in the husband and wife’s domestic spat that had been ongoing for some time.

The accused, his mother and his uncle were also at the home that day.

“During the discussion, Khoza allegedly went to his bedroom and returned with his service pistol, and allegedly started firing, killing his wife and her two siblings,” said Nyuswa.

She said that Khoza told the court that he used a state firearm to shoot his brother-in-law, Mkhantshwa, who called him a boy, and then proceeded to shoot the others as he had “a nervous breakdown”.

Khoza will be sentenced on June 10.

 
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