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Three held af­ter woman shot dead in drive­way


THREE men have been ar­rested af­ter the hi­jack­ing and mur­der of a Pi­eter­mar­itzburg woman in her sub­ur­ban drive­way.

Po­lice spokesman, Cap­tain Thu­lani Zwane, con­firmed the men were be­ing ques­tioned in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Thokozani Mad­lala, 51, in Cle­land on Wed­nes­day night.

Mad­lala’s car was found aban­doned in a re­mote area in Ham­mars­dale early yes­ter­day.

She had re­turned to her home in a res­i­den­tial com­plex at around 8.30pm when she was con­fronted by two armed at­tack­ers.

The vic­tim was parked when she was shot, Zwane said.

The at­ack­ers dragged her out of the ve­hi­cle and left her bleed­ing on the drive­way be­fore driv­ing off in her car.

Neigh­bours who heard the com­mo­tion called the po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices.

They rushed to Mad­lala’s aid and tried to ad­min­is­ter CPR to the woman as they waited for paramedics to ar­rive.

ER24 spokesman, Luyanda Ma­jija, said paramedics tried for over 45 min­utes to re­vive Mad­lala, but she died of her in­juries.

A neigh­bour, Dar­lene Sim­mons, said she was shocked and trau­ma­tised by what she saw.

“I can’t be­lieve this hap­pened,”she said.

“I saw this de­fence­less, in­no­cent woman lay­ing there on the cold drive­way fight­ing for her life and I still can’t stop cry­ing.

“That im­age will re­main burned in my mem­ory for the rest of my life,” Sim­mons said.

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