Two people have been arrested for the murder of a 90-year-old woman in Marobala village, Limpopo. The suspects aged 33 and 37 were arrested in connection with the brutal crime on 19 November 2020.
The woman’s son, who is blind and 71 years old, was also attacked and managed to survive.
According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province, the incident took place on Saturday, 14 November 2020 in the Sebayeng policing area outside Mankweng. The motive for the murder is believed to be robbery.
“The victims were allegedly sleeping when two suspects forcefully entered into the house and demanded money from the elderly woman. In the process, they assaulted and stabbed both victims several times with a sharp instrument before they fled the scene,” said SAPS spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
“Police and the Medical Emergency Services (EMS) were called to the scene and declared the woman dead on the scene. Her son was taken to hospital with serious injuries”
SAPS spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe
Murder suspects arrested in ‘Tshwara tsotsi’ operation
Police subsequently opened cases of murder, attempted murder and house robbery. A joint intelligence driven operation, “Tshwara tsotsi” was then activated to track down the suspects, comprising of the Capricorn Tracing Team and Crime Intelligence Unit joined by the Sebayeng Detectives, police further said.
There was soon a breakthrough in the case as police managed to arrest the suspects at the local tavern. Members of the community had called authorities with a tip-off and they were positively linked to the incident.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Major General Christine Moralakadi has applauded this team of members for the swift arrest of these suspects. Major General Moralakadi further praised members of the community for providing the police with valuable information which played a major role in this breakthrough.
At the same time, two people have been arrested for the murder of a 25-year-man in Maclear, Eastern Cape.
“It is alleged that the two suspects and the victim were renting rooms in the same house, and while enjoying themselves, a quarrel started between them and the two suspects fatally stabbed the deceased,” said SAPS provincial spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci.
“The two suspects, allegedly from Lesotho, fled the country and could not be traced. After a long attempt to extradite them from their country of origin, on 14 November 2020, information was received by K9 Elliot members that the suspects had returned back to South Africa and one was hiding in Engcobo”