Cop guilty of killing his ex, injuring new boyfriend
GREYTOWN police constable Boysie Dladla spent the night in jail yesterday after being found guilty of shooting his former girlfriend in the head and wounding her new boyfriend at Mpophomeni, Howick.
The victim, Zandile Mahlaba, was killed and her new lover, Prince Mosea, was shot from behind as he fled from Dladla on September 6, 2015.
Judge Anton van Zyl yesterday rejected Dladla’s version that Mahlaba was shot accidentally when they struggled for possession of his police issue pistol.
He had alleged that she became “aggressive” while he was talking to her, grabbed the gun from his hip and that a shot went off.
He said he then aimed a “warning shot” at Mosea as he felt threatened by him.
Judge van Zyl said Dladla had been unable to tell the court exactly how the shooting occurred.
His advocate, Shane Matthews, argued that this lent credence to his story and that he had testified that it happened very quickly.
However, the judge accepted the evidence of two eyewitnesses — Mahlaba’s brother, Thubelinhle Mahlaba, and Mosea.
Both of them said that while Dladla was talking to Zandile Mahlaba, he had pulled out his gun, aimed it at the top of her head and fired the shot that killed her.
Immediately after the shooting he had aimed the gun at Mosea and then chased after him, firing more shots.
Mosea said he had fled into a dumping ground and was hit from behind by one of the bullets.
Then, after returning to Mahlaba’s body, Dladla sat next to her, put the gun under his chin and then pulled the trigger.
The court heard the bullet passed through his chin and exited near his nose.
His injury was not so severe that the was unable to leave the scene, however.
Judge van Zyl said medical evidence supported the version given by Mahlaba and Mosea. It showed the bullet entered Zandile Mahlaba’s head just above the hairline.
According to Mahlaba, he spoke to his sister just before the shooting and asked her why she was not stopping to talk to him and Dladla.
She said she had already “told Dladla she was no longer in love with him”.
“She then said to the accused [Dladla], ‘how many times must I tell you that I am no longer in love with you?’ This was shortly before he produced his firearm and shot her,” the judge said.
Following his conviction yesterday, Dladla’s bail was cancelled and he was ordered to spend the night in jail pending argument today on sentencing.