Top cops kill each other
Bushbuckridge - A police station commissioner and his head of investigations appear to have killed each other during a shoot-out at the Mhala police station in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday morning.
Shocked police officers immediately shut down the station, barring any members of the public from entering.
Nobody seems to know exactly what happened because station commissioner Senior Superintendent Khazamula Freddy Baloi and head of investigations Superintendent Alfred Boy Dlamini were alone in an office at about 10:30 when the gunshots went off.
"We cannot comment at the moment because we are still trying to establish the cause of the shooting as well as who actually shot who.
"We are waiting for the pathologists to arrive. Now just get out of here," said an emotional Constable Robert Makhubele, who is the official spokesperson for the police station.
Shortly beforehand, the two men were allegedly heard arguing when Baloyi accused Dlamini of insubordination.
When journalists arrived, only Baloyi was still in the office, lying dead in a pool of blood with two bloody pistols on the ground near his legs.
Dlamini had been rushed to the Thulamahashe health centre and then taken by ambulance to Tintswalo hospital in Acornhoek about 30km away where he died two hours later.
Some witnesses at the station, who did not want to be named, say the two men used to be close friends who went drinking together, but stopped being friendly recently, apparently because they were interested in the same woman.