TONGA – According to Const Nomsa Luphoko of Tonga SAPS, two people allegedly gained entry through a bedroom window at a Mawewe Tribal Authority home on Sunday.
Chief Khulile Mkhatswa and two other people in the house heard gunshots and she summoned the police. They swiftly responded and arrived with paramedics.
Bethusile Mkhatshwa, Mkhatshwa’s aunt, was found dead with gunshot wounds to her upper body. A case of murder was opened and police are looking for the two suspects.
It is suspected that the incident is related to a power struggle in the Tribal Authority.
Investigations by Corridor Gazette‘s sister publication, Mpumalanga News, revealed that the late chief’s son, Candy Mkhatswa, was shot at when he was driving near Mzinti fourways around 01:00 on Sunday.
According to some community members he was supposed to take over the throne, instead of his sister.
A case of attempted murder was opened at Tonga SAPS.
Protestors barricaded roads and demanded the removal of the queen on Monday, with police stepping in to calm the situation.
According to Capt Magonseni Nkosi of Tonga SAPS both cases are still being investigated.
Anyone with information that could help in the arrest of the perpetrators can contact Col Alex Mahlahlani on 082-318-9865 or SAPS Crime Stop on 08600-10111.