Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed to News24 on Monday evening that the officer, who shot himself, succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to hospital following the shootings.

The incident took place in the Durban Magistrate’s Court at around 11.30am on Monday.

“There was a divorce matter between the deceased and the suspect. At 11, the court adjourned and just before it started again at about 11.30, that’s when the suspect allegedly fired shots towards his ex-wife and her brother,” Mbele had told the media earlier.

Sources told News24 that the magistrate who was hearing the divorce proceedings had to return to the courtroom after the shooting to provisionally confirm the identities of the victims. The wife and brother-in-law were between the ages of 26 and 35.

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“The matter had stood down because the husband was not happy with the terms of the divorce settlement,” a source who wanted to remain anonymous told News24.

“The magistrate told him [the accused] to get hold of his attorney. He then walked back into court and fired seven, maybe eight shots. One of them was when he shot himself in the head.”

“They both died at the scene. The suspect turned the gun on himself but didn’t die,” Mbele had said earlier.

The court was sealed off on Monday for evidence to be collected.

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The couple’s two children, aged two and 11, lived in Johannesburg with the mother. She had flown to KZN for the divorce hearing.

Her boyfriend was in the car park outside, the source said. When the boyfriend saw police and ambulances pull up, he ran into the building.

An inquest into the deaths has been opened.

– News24