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Pretoria Police Officer Remanded in Custody Following Arrest for Husband’s Murder



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A Pretoria cop has been remanded in custody after being arrested for murdering her husband. Lindiwe Hlungwane, a 44-year-old police Sergeant detained by the Ipid* on Sunday for the alleged murder of her husband, has made a court appearance.

According to IOL, her case was postponed to February 6 for a formal bail application.

The police watchdog, Ipid, gathered information suggesting that the husband allegedly took Hlungwane’s service firearm and pointed it at her during a midnight “commotion” between the couple.

“It is alleged that there was a commotion between Sergeant Hlongwane and her husband, Russell Hlongwane, 40, at around 0.30am on Sunday, January 28. Mr Hlongwane took Sergeant Hlungwane’s official firearm from her handbag and pointed it at her,” said Ipid national spokesperson Phaladi Shuping.

“She tried to grab the firearm from the husband, and a scuffle ensued. The firearm was discharged four times during the scuffle, hitting the husband. Mr Hlongwane sustained four gunshot wounds, and he died in hospital.”


Subsequently, Pretoria cop Sergeant Hlungwane from Akasia was arrested by Ipid investigators.

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She appeared in court on Tuesday. Her case was postponed to Tuesday next week.

Previously, police in Limpopo launched an investigation after the body of a 39-year-old police officer based at Giyani and his wife were found dead.

Spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba said that police received a complaint of a shooting at Hlaneki village.


“Upon arrival of the police at the scene of crime, they discovered two lifeless bodies of a male and female lying in a pool of blood in their bedroom,” said Mashaba.

“According to the information available at this stage, it is reported that the female person had three bullet wounds on the body and the male person having a bullet wound on the head.”

A family member identified the deceased police officer as 39-year-old Sergeant Melvin Sambo from the SA Police Service (SAPS) based in Giyani and his 42-year-old wife Suzan Mhlarhi.

*Independent Police Investigative Directorate

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