A young mum of two children has been shot dead by her husband who claims he mistook her for an intruder.
Hlengiwe Masango was shot dead on Monday (local time) by her 33-year-old husband Mosa Ntsibande in South Africa's Gauteng Province.
The 30-year-old was a mum of a three-year-old girl and an eight-month-old baby boy.
Her husband was arrested and appeared in court on Wednesday.
The victim’s family believes her death is a case of gender-based violence and want Ntsibande prosecuted for murder.
“When I arrived at the scene, we found that she had been shot twice in the chest, and he claimed he thought there was an intruder in the house,” a family member, named Sine Mhlongo, told local newspaper The Citizen.
“My cousin was fully dressed; it seems they were having an argument. He lied with this story to cover up.”
Mhlongo added that every time her husband called, Masango would instantly rush home, and there were also times when she was suddenly unavailable, which made them suspect she was being abused.
Local police spokesman Mavela Masondo said that the arrested man grabbed his licensed gun because he thought an intruder had broken into the house and fired two shots.
The family’s suspicion, however, seems to have been supported with a social media campaign under the hashtag #JusticeForHlengiwe gaining traction.
Disabled runner Oscar Pistorius was jailed for 15 years for murder after he shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria after also claiming he thought she was an intruder on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
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