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After shooting dead his colleague girlfriend, identified as Private Nomathemba Ngeleka, around 8.45 pm on Friday evening‚ October 27, an unnamed South African soldier based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo tried to commit suicide, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) disclosed.

It was learnt that Private Nomathemba Ngeleka, also a member of the SANDF based in the eastern DRC‚ died on arrival at a hospital in Goma.

SANDF spokesman Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said; “The man is in a critical condition in hospital in Goma. The motive behind the shooting is not yet known.”

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula‚ the Secretary for Defence‚ Dr Sam Gulube‚ and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force‚ General Solly Shoke‚ expressed their heartfelt condolences to the family‚ friends and loved ones of the deceased member.

In a statement released on Sunday, the SANDF said; “She was working at 5 South African infantry Battalion in Ladysmith‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ and joined the SA Army in 2011. The member has one child and leaves behind her parents‚ three sisters and three brothers.

“Details of her memorial and funeral service would be communicated as soon as the family had finalised the arrangements.”

It was also learnt that the soldier, who attempted to commit suicide after he shot her is in a critical condition in a hospital in Goma in the eastern DRC. Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi added that; “The motive behind the shooting is not yet known.”



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