SAPS Jeffreys Bay detectives arrested two suspects days after a 82-year-old Jeffreys Bay resident was attacked and severely assaulted in his house between 12 and 13 September 2023.
It is alleged that on 13 September 2023, the elderly man was found by his daughter lying on the floor with his hands bound. He sustained injuries to his head. Household items were taken. Entry was gained by forcing the burglar bars open. George Mildenhall was hospitalised in Gqeberha where he succumbed to his injuries on 20 September 2023.
On Saturday, 16 September 2023, detectives arrested two suspects aged 27 and 19-years-old at a house in Griffiths Mxenge Street in Oceanview. Property taken from the house in Mossel Street in Jeffreys Bay was recovered. Zakhele Yake (27) and his girlfriend, Ria Maku (19) appeared in the Humansdorp magistrate court on 18 September 2023 on charges of house robbery and attempted murder. They appeared again in court on 22 September 2023 and now face a charge of murder.
They are remanded in custody until 28 September 2023 for a formal bail application.
Sarah Baartman District Commissioner, Maj Gen Zolani Xawuka praised the detectives for their speedy reaction to information received from the community. ‘The motive behind such heinous act was robbery, a senseless crime that has claimed a life. We are fully committed to ensuring that justice is served. We applaud the community’s commitment and support in helping us swiftly apprehend the suspects,’ added Maj Gen Xawuka.
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