2007-12-03: Policeman in court for murdering wife, daughters

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2007-12-03: Policeman in court for murdering wife, daughters

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-12-21 07:48

Policeman in court for murdering wife, daughters

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GRAHAMSTOWN - A 36-year-old police officer appeared briefly in the
Grahamstown High Court on Monday for allegedly murdering his wife and two
young daughters.

Zuko Njobe, of the SAPS married quarters, Moses Madiba, Kirkwood, appeared
before Judge Pieter van der Byl.

He was not asked to plead and no charges were put.

Njobe is accused of shooting his wife Nomthandazo, 28, and his two
daughters, two-year-old Liyema, and Sinovyo, aged five, at the police
married quarters on May 24, this year.

The state alleges that Njobe shot them all in the head with his service
pistol, as they sat on a sofa and watched television.

Court documents indicate that before the shooting, "Njobe locked the doors
of the house from the inside, and closed all the windows."

All three died as the result of "perforating gunshot wounds to the head and

The charge sheet confirms that Njobe then shot himself in the head, but only
wounded himself.

The trial was postponed until Tuesday at the request of Njobes' lawyer,
Frans Smit, in order for him to consult and take instructions from his

According to the indictment, "during the month preceding the alleged murders
they experienced marital problems."

"She (Nomthandazo) had applied for and been granted a protection order
against Njobe, by a local magistrate.

"The accused suspected that his wife was unfaithful and that another man had
fathered the youngest daughter, Liyema.

"In the past, Njobe had threatened to kill his wife and children, and a few
hours before he allegedly killed them, he said he had been contemplating
killing himself and his family."

According to court papers, when Njobe was arrested the same day, he admitted
that "he had killed his family and asked to be locked up."

He was taken to hospital by the police, and treated for a gunshot wound to
the head.

On his release from hospital, Njobe was detained in custody until his trial.
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