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Landlord shot repeatedly after telling cop tenant to turn down music


The landlord reprimanded his tenant, a police sergeant, for playing loud music and instructed him to reduce the volume as the noise was disturbing pupils preparing for their exams. An argument ensued and the landlord was shot repeatedly.

A police officer was arrested after he allegedly shot his landlord repeatedly during an argument. File picture

A 44-YEAR-old man, who is a police sergeant attached to the Public Order Policing unit in Thohoyandou, was arrested for the attempted murder of his landlord, the Limpopo police said.

The attempted murder incident happened on Monday, at around 10pm, in Makwarela township, Vhembe District.

“The victim (the landlord) found the suspect (the police sergeant) outside the rented residence playing loud music and instructed him to stop since it was disturbing pupils with their examination preparations,” Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba said.

“Afterwards, the suspect didn’t take it well, and an argument ensued. The suspect fired shots at the victim and then fled the scene.”

The landlord was taken to the nearest hospital with severe gunshot wounds to the upper body.

“The police were notified about the incident and opened an attempted murder case. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) was notified,” said Mashaba.

The police officer was arrested on Tuesday at Vuwani village.

The provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has condemned the incident “in the strongest terms”.

“Police officers are tasked with safeguarding the people, not harming them. This behaviour is intolerable; this member has to face the long arm of the law, and this is a warning to those who might still consider doing the same,” said Hadebe.

The 44-year-old police sergeant is scheduled to appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of attempted murder.

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