Cop guilty of killing his ex, in­jur­ing new boyfriend

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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.

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