Wife charged in murder of husband near Phokeng, Rustenburg,

Authorities say a 44-year-old North West woman has been arrested in the fatal shooting of her husband.

An alleged hitman is being sought after following the murder of the 51-year-old on Wednesday at Luka village, near Phokeng outside Rustenburg, according to reports.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Amanda Funani, said the man’s wife was arrested after reports surfaced that the couple was heard involving in a physical altercation.

“Police say they believe that the wife allegedly hired the services of a hitman who allegedly fled the scene after the incident,” Funani added.

Tenants staying in the couple’s backrooms heard gunshots at about 03:45 and went to investigate.

“Upon seeing the victim lying in a pool of blood, they called the wife, the police and ambulance,” Funani said.

The man was reportedly on his way to work when he was killed.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his upper body.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The wife is scheduled for arraignment at the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court in Tlhabane on Friday.

Identity of the deceased man is yet to be revealed.