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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

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