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  • Updated: May 15, 2023

Man Surrenders Self To Police After Fatal Shooting Of Gospel Singer

Man Surrenders Self To Police After Fatal Shooting Of Gospel

A Handcuffed Man.

A South African 45-year-old man handed himself over to police on Sunday after the fatal shooting of a popular Pietermaritzburg gospel singer on Saturday evening.  

The man, known to Delana Cader Rawlins, 41, was accompanied by his legal team.

"He will appear before the Pietermaritzburg magistrate's court on Tuesday," said Col Robert Netshiunda, a KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson. 

According to private security firm Mi7, the mother of three was shot at least ten times while driving just before Mother's Day. She was allegedly shot following a disagreement at a family gathering.  

“At about 11.47 pm, Mi7 National Group's control room received a message in an Ashburton community group reporting gunshots fired from the vicinity of Wally Hayward Drive. 

"Mi7 reaction officers were immediately dispatched and found members of the community congregated around a vehicle on the same street.” 

“Reaction officers found a woman in the passenger seat of the parked vehicle had been shot dead,” said Mi7 director Colin David.  

Mi7 operators alerted the police and medical services, who declared the woman deceased at the scene.  

“According to family members at the scene and an eyewitness who was in the vehicle when the shooting transpired, the woman had attended a private function in Wally Hayward Drive. 

"While there she was confronted by a man known to her. An argument allegedly ensued between the two, and she was escorted out by the eyewitness, a family member, who was driving her home in her vehicle.

 “It is believed the pair were followed by the man, who allegedly opened fire on the woman before fleeing the scene. The eyewitness was not injured,” said David.  

Tributes have come in for the gospel singer, whose music has been broadcast on television and radio.

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