arbra Nkuna is both glad and devastated. The 21-year-old from Alexandra in Johannesburg is happy because she escaped almost certain death this week, but she is distraught because her mother, Anna Nkuna, wasn’t so lucky.
Anna (40) was gunned down by her policeman partner, Constable Ronnie Masie, in the Alexandra Police Station, along with their neighbour Stephina Semenya (52), Anna’s uncle Mathews Mapaya (39) and policeman Major Thomas Moetlo (59), on Wednesday evening.
Nkuna, an administrator at Forest Town School, was opening a case of domestic violence against Masie (37) when he opened fire. He also tried to shoot two other officers. Masie was later shot by police in a standoff. However, his death is scant consolation for Barbra, who saw Masie viciously assault her mother just an hour before he shot her dead.
“I saw him attack my mother – and then he killed her,” the distraught young woman told City Press.
Barbra – who now has to look after her two siblings, an 11-year-old and a three-year-old – recalled how her sister had come outside to tell her their mother was calling her to make dinner.
But when she arrived home, she “heard screams and shouts, my mother was crying for help”.
“I wasn’t even aware that Ronnie was in the house.
“He grabbed my mother by her gown and pulled her on to the glass table in the lounge. I was devastated to see my mother bleeding and helpless. I thought she was dying,” she said.
Barbra said they tried to fight Masie off, but he overpowered them.
He only fled when their neighbour, Semenya, who lived above them, came to their aid after hearing their screams.
“But even when he was outside, he kept on shouting and swearing at everyone. He was aggressive and angry.
“My mother was shaking and she asked Mama Semenya, my sister and me to accompany her to lay charges of domestic
with a (left) walks daughter 11-year-old a Nkuna’s Alexandr
in Anna family’s flat
the friend near
Ronnie Masie was killed by police officers after fleeing the police station after the shooting