SAPS investigates a case of murder as woman dies of alleged gunshot wounds
In a terrible incident on Saturday 28 June, Sussarah Johana Potgieter, better known as Rehan, lost her life when she was allegedly shot in the back. A pellet gun was used according to initial police reports.
The incident took place in Bethal, Mpumalanga.
Bethal Police are now investigating a case of murder.
Rehan is described by members of her family as a person with a bubbling personality. “She was a hardworking and compassionate person,” Said Yolandi Theron, family member, “She had a contagious personality and were always laughing.”
“I cannot imagine why anyone would want to do her any harm,” concluded Yolandi
Bethal police received a complaint from Bethal hospital about a female who had been admitted due to multiple injuries and the she had sucummed to injuries, this was at approximately 11H00.
On arrival at hospital, police were led to the ward by Doctor Sandie Nkumane who examined the patient. According to information at police disposal, two males arrived at hospital with a female patient that had sustained multiple back injuries from pellet gun-shots. One of the pellets was extracted from her body. The pellet did not penetrate the abdominal area and could therefore be easily extracted.
“Further information revealed was that the lady was with her husband outside their home while their daughter and the son in-law were in the house when the husband heard a terrible sound and when he looked at his wife, he saw her falling.” Stated the SAPS in a press release, “He then rushed to check on her and called out the children for help. While busy assisting the wife, the son in-law noticed blood on the t-shirt she was wearing and asked the father in-law to take her to hospital.”
The Local Criminal Record Centre was summoned to the scene and discovered the twenty-one wounds allegedly resulting from the pellet shots.
The Bulletin enquired about the alleged pellet gun and raised the question if it could be a shotgun rather that a pellet gun. Bethal SAPS confirmed that the initial investigation indicates a pellet gun
The police are now investigating a case of murder and request anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to call Detective Sergeant Thembinkosi Maseko with contact number 083 2385 546