By Lulamile Feni
Gender-based violence activists and traditional leaders are shocked at the brutal slaying of a Flagstaff police officer.
The throat of Qhasa police station W/O Noxolo Nancy Mesilane, 41, was slit and her body hanged from the roof of a home in Ntlezi administrative area. She was discovered on Friday.
The body of a man, believed to be that of her killer, was found in the woman’s police vehicle in a nearby field.
He had a gunshot wound to the head.
Mesilane was married to Ayanda Faku, traditional leader of Mfundisweni.
Faku was heartbroken that his wife and mother of his three sons had been killed in such a manner.
“This has devastated me, my children and the whole family. I am still too distraught to speak about this, we are all devastated. Though our marriage had its own challenges, I loved my wife very much,” said Faku, who is married to three women.
Activist Zoleka Capa said: ”We must all stand up against gender-based violence. This is not only to be strongly condemned, but action needs to be taken.”
Capa knew Mesilane personally and said the officer was among those who fought gender violence in Flagstaff.
Provincial Contralesa chair Mwelo Nonkonyana, who is Faku’s uncle, said police needed to protect citizens, especially women.
“This is a second tragic death for the family, as her sister was run down by a vehicle recently. We call on law enforcement agencies to investigate her killing and arrest all those involved,” said Nonkonyana.
Another police officer, W/O Maxabiso Somacala, who was attached to the Tsolo visible policing unit, was killed on Monday.
“He was attending to a complaint about someone recklessly pointing a firearm. When he arrived at the scene, the suspect continued wielding his firearm and a scuffle ensued which led to the officer, who had 30 years of police service, being fatally shot.
“During the scuffle, the suspect was also fatally wounded,” said police spokesperson Brig Tembinkosi Kinana.