The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that the widow of a senior police officer involved in the investigation into the death of Senzo Meyiwa was killed in a drive-by shooting in Vosloorus.
Brigadier Philani Ndlovu, a former officer, passed away in May of last year, just weeks after the first Meyiwa murder trial began. Nonhlanhla, his wife, was killed approximately 18 months later.
Brigadier Ndlovu was one of the most senior police officials on the scene when former football player Meyiwa was shot at his lover Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus home. Although he was not scheduled to testify in the murder trial, his name was mentioned several times during the proceedings.
The shooting took place around 12.50pm on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Mrs. Ndlovu was driving in Vosloorus when suspects in another vehicle driving alongside her opened fire on her. At this point, the motive for the killing is unknown, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Brigadier Ndlovu’s death in May of last year sparked speculation, with some reports claiming he was poisoned and others claiming he died of illness. The circumstances of his death remain unknown.
The murder of his wife shocked the community and raised concerns about the safety of individuals involved in high-profile criminal investigations. The murder case of Senzo Meyiwa has been long and complex, involving multiple trials and investigations.
Meyiwa, a former football player, was shot and killed in October 2014 at the age of 27. The case has garnered widespread media coverage and public interest, with many people demanding justice for Meyiwa’s untimely death.
Nonhlanhla Ndlovu’s murder underscores the dangers that individuals involved in criminal investigations face, as well as the need for stronger security measures. The police are now tasked with locating and apprehending the perpetrators, as well as ensuring the safety of everyone involved in the case.