Lebo Monene, 30, who started working at the Ekurhuleni hospital in April 2016, had apparently been threatened several times with being shot by her then boyfriend before she decided to end the relationship
The Tembisa Tertiary Hospital nurse who was shot and killed by her lover at her workplace on Wednesday had been separated from the man who murdered her in cold blood.
Lebo Monene, 30, who started working at the Ekurhuleni hospital in April 2016, had apparently been threatened several times with being shot by her then boyfriend before she decided to end the relationship. The man is now fighting for his life in hospital after turning the gun on himself after gunning down Monene at the hospital’s emergency parking lot.
This is according to a family member who is still shocked after Monene was shot several times by her ex-boyfriend who visited her at the hospital on Wednesday.
The couple, according to her family, had moved in together but Monene had returned home as their relationship had become “too toxic”.
Family spokesperson Daniel Thobakgale said: “She had moved back to the family house; it seems the relationship was too toxic… everytime they had a quarrel the gentleman would say: ‘where’s my gun, I will shoot you’, and that’s the reason Lebo decided to end the relationship.”
He said the family was aware of the conflict in the relationship because there have been meetings about it before.
On Wednesday, the hospital was forced to shut its doors for several hours as police combed the crime scene.
Part of the road in front of the hospital’s main entrance was also temporarily closed and cordoned off with police tape as law enforcement officers, including a private security company, combed the scene, with some speaking to hospital staff. Vehicles were being redirected.
According to an eyewitnesses who is a hospital staff member, who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, the policeman entered the hospital around 8.30am and called Monene outside.
“We were not paying them any attention as they stood and spoke just near the entrance until we heard gunshots,” the employee said.
The officer had reportedly taken out his firearm and shot at Monene a number of times before turning the gun on himself.
“When we reacted to the first gunshots, the man started pointing the firearm at us before turning the gun on himself and shooting himself in the head,” the visibly shaken employee said.
“I still don’t believe what I just saw this morning, the nurse died almost immediately. I think she was shot about five or six times all over her body.”
According to the Gauteng health department, the incident happened at the hospital’s accident and emergency parking lot.
The hospital was reopened around 2pm.