Early detection of police
officials who are stressed might prevent incidents of members of the police
service killing their partners and thereafter committing suicide, North West
Premier Thandi Modise said on Friday.
Premier Modise said that
post-traumatic stress disorder associated with conditions that police
experience during the course of their work demand for advanced psychological
services to ensure that whatever pressures police experience in their personal
lives do not trigger violent reaction.
Kwgele adds that the Minister is concerned
about incidents of violence that have resulted in loss of lives involving
members of the police service particularly as they have occurred close to one
Premier’s comment follows a report that another police officer shot his
life-partner dead before turning the gun on himself in Tlhabane near
to police, the incident took place during the early hours of the morning after
neighbours reportedly overheard the pair arguing before they heard gun shots
Amanda Funani said that the Tlhabane police were called at Geelhout Park in Rustenburg where they found two
bodies of a 33 year-old constable and his 32 year-old girlfriend lying on the
floor with gunshot wounds.
incident follows another tragedy in Modimong village near Taung where Constable
Boitumelo Kwate shot his girlfriend Portia Mojakgolo on her hip before turning
a gun on himself on Christmas eve.
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