A warrant officer has shot dead his girlfriend, then himself, near Orkney, North West police on Thursday.
Police received a complaint of two bodies lying in an open field outside Orkney on Wednesday, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said in a statement.
The officer was identified as Warrant Officer Moeketsi Joseph, 40. He had been stationed at Vierfontein in the Free State. His girlfriend was identified as Kedibone Kotola, 30.
"He was found lying with his service pistol in his left hand on his chest and a bullet wound in the left ear.... She was found with a bullet wound in the left eye."
Police were investigating a case of murder and suicide.
"The continued spells of suicide by [SA Police Service] members has caused serious concerns," said Ngubane.