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Presidential aspirant kills wife, commits suicide


Zimbabwean politician and founder president of the Zimbabwe People’s Party (ZPP), Justine Chiota, on Tuesday killed his wife before committing suicide at his Morningside home in northern Johannesburg, South African media reported.

Chiota made headlines in South Africa in 2008 after he was found driving a vehicle linked to the South African Presidency.

Gauteng police said Chiota’s estranged wife arrived at his residence in East Road yesterday morning.
She had gone there with police to serve him a protection order.

South African police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said Chiota opened fire at his wife, before turning the gun on himself.

The advocate-cum-politician caused a stir when he was caught driving a vehicle believed to be worth R1,4 million and registered to the VIP Presidential Protection Services.

During that time, the police probe showed the bullet-proof Mercedes Benz S600 was not a South African state-owned vehicle.

It was reportedly privately bought by Chiota in 2006 from a South African car dealer.

In 2008, he filed two cases at the Johannesburg High Court contesting his exclusion from the March presidential elections and challenged former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s mediation.

Mbeki, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were cited as respondents.

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