PHILEMON Mahlangu heard the three gunshots, but he thought it could be just another kasi shooting so he went back to sleep.

But the gunshots did not come from the street. They came from the shack at the back of his house where his wife, Johanna Bhuda, was bathing.

Philemon (44), from Chris Hani Village in Mpumalanga, last saw his wife alive while she was preparing to go to work.

It was at 3am on Thursday morning.

Philemon told Sa Gossip: “After the gunshots there was silence from the shack.

“I later slept until I was woken up by my 21-year-old daughter.

“She asked if her mother was still going to work.

“We decided to check on her as she would not have left the house without saying goodbye.

“I found her lying in a pool of blood. My shocked daughter screamed for help.”

Neighbours arrived and called the cops.

The family did not notice any sign of forced entry into the shack.

“My heart is torn to pieces,” sobbed Philemon. “My wife had just got employment in Pretoria two weeks ago.

“I don’t know how I will bury her because I am unemployed.”

Police spokeswoman Sergeant Zimkhona Mahlangu said: “Johanna was shot in the hand, head and stomach.

“Two bullet cartridges were found.

“A case of murder has been opened and police are still investigating.”