80-Year-Old Woman’s Body Found Stashed In A Freezer

80-Year-Old Woman's Body Found Stashed In A Freezer-SurgeZirc SA
The police believe this woman, named MmaThato, can assist in the investigation/Photo File: TimesLive

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has opened an investigation of murder after the body of an 80-year-old woman was discovered inside a freezer in Pankop near Mmamethlake.

The gruesome finding was made on Monday, 12 October 15, 2020, by the woman’s neighbours. She is believed to have stayed with her 10-year-old grandson and a caregiver, who was hired to look after her.

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“On Monday, the young boy came back from school only to find that there was nobody at home. He realised that the door to the house was wide open but the burglar door was locked. He then began to ask neighbours of the whereabouts of his granny and the caregiver.

“While searching, the neighbours became suspicious when they noticed a coffee table, gas stove and a TV set on top of the freezer. They removed the items and discovered the lifeless body of the elderly woman inside the freezer,” said SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

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The neighbours then stepped in to help the boy look for his grandmother. The family was also notified about her disappearance. The police and medical personnel were summoned to the scene and she was declared dead. A case of murder was opened and a manhunt for the killer was launched.

“The police appeal to the woman, named MmaThato, to immediately go to the nearest police station as they believe she can assist in the investigation. Members of the public who know her whereabouts, are urged to contact Det-Capt Solomon Moshime at 082 065 1355 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111,” said Mdhluli.

“All information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.” This is the second similar incident to have occurred this year, according to the police.

In March, a 91-year-old woman was severely assaulted by a caregiver hired to look after her. “After the incident, the 45-year-old suspect fled and the matter was brought to the attention of the police, who opened a case of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (GBH). The suspect, believed to be from Lesotho, was traced and arrested in Pretoria,” said Mdhluli.

The 45-year-old was expected to appear in the Mbibana magistrate’s court on Friday for a formal bail application. Police have strongly condemned the incident as well as other vicious attacks on senior citizens, saying these incidents “once again depict a serious moral decay in society”.

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