15-year-old boy arrested for allegedly stabbing his friend’s mom to death

The Limpopo police arrested a 15-year-old suspect for allegedly stabbing a woman to death in Tshakhuma Diambele Village on Monday, 24 January.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said Phathutso Nemalumani, 34, was allegedly stabbed to death at her home.

The motive for the incident has not yet been determined but housebreaking is one of the possibilities, said the police.

The 15-year-old suspect is believed to be a friend of the deceased’s son.

“The victim allegedly arrived home from work at about 14:50 and called her mother to enquire about the house keys,” said Mojapelo.

Later, the deceased’s son – who is also 15 years old – found her lying in a pool of blood inside the house.

“The suspect, who was also present in the house, allegedly started chasing the deceased’s son out of the premises.

“His frantic screams alerted the neighbours who came to his rescue,” said the police spokesperson.

The police arrived at the scene and arrested the 15-year-old suspect.

Mojapela said it was unclear how the boy gained entry into the house.

“The suspect, who is said to be the friend to the deceased’s son, will be processed in accordance with the child justice act.”

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe called for “proper and adequate parenting of children to minimise incidents of this nature,” said the police spokesperson.


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