Authorities in Mankweng, Limpopo, have initiated a large-scale manhunt after the brutal murder of a 97-year-old woman. The tragic incident occurred at the victim’s residence in Ramogale village, at GaMothapo, on Tuesday morning.
The local police responded promptly to a complaint from a distressed relative who had discovered the lifeless body of the elderly woman around 7:30 am, according to Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the spokesperson for the Limpopo police.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the victim was fatally stabbed with a sharp object. As of now, the motive behind this appalling crime remains unknown, and the police have opened a case of murder to pursue justice for the victim.
Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the provincial police commissioner in Limpopo, has stressed that the investigation into this murder case will be given the utmost priority. A dedicated team of investigators is actively following all leads to apprehend the perpetrator(s) responsible for this horrendous act.
Appealing for public assistance, Hadebe urged anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and cooperate with the ongoing investigation. Lieutenant Colonel Magezi Nkuna can be contacted at 082 319 9500 to provide information. Furthermore, tips and leads can be reported anonymously to the Crime Stop hotline on 08600 10111 or through the My SAPS App.
This is not the first time such a heinous crime has occurred in the Limpopo province. Last year, a man was arrested for allegedly raping a 92-year-old wheelchair-bound woman in her home. Muzilani Ronald Mushwana appeared before the Lenyenye Magistrate’s Court in July, facing charges for breaking into the victim’s house and committing the vile act.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Limpopo spokesperson, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, revealed that Mushwana entered the old woman’s house through a window in Hoveni village outside Tzaneen. The victim was asleep when the accused intruder broke in and raped her in the middle of the night.