PHOTOS : South African doctor allegedly kills his wife and then turns gun on himself

In a tragic incident that has shocked the medical community and the nation at large, a 35-year-old medical doctor, Mphikeleli Shikwambana, allegedly killed his wife, Dr. Tshimangadzo Muofhe, 32, before turning the gun on himself in Polokwane, South Africa. The bodies of the deceased were found by a family member at the Thornhill Estate in Polokwane on Monday, March 27, 2023.

Shikwambana was attached to the Donald Frazer Hospital in Thohoyandou, where he had served as the Acting Clinical Manager for two years before his permanent appointment. During his tenure, he managed to turn the hospital around from leading in maternal death in the Vhembe district to recording zero maternal deaths. He continued to sustain his excellent performance in clinical governance, leading to his appointment as the overall head of the institution at the beginning of the month. On the other hand, his wife, Dr. Tshimangadzo Muofhe, was a doctor attached to the Provincial Hospital in Polokwane, where she worked in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department, protecting pregnant women and their unborn children.

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According to Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the Police in Polokwane have opened cases of murder and inquest following the incident. Preliminary investigations revealed that the couple had a fight earlier in the day, and in the afternoon, the woman was allegedly shot dead by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself. The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage, but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.

The Limpopo Health Department, in a statement issued on Tuesday, mourned the tragic passing of its medical doctors. Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba and acting HOD, Dr Dombo, who were on the scene with the families of the deceased, have described their death as an immense loss to the department. “This is a sad day for me and the entire department. We are devastated. Losing such hardworking, dedicated, and promising young people is a blow for us as the department,” MEC Ramathuba said.