The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe strongly condemns the continuous acts of gender-based violence perpetrated against elderly persons in the province.
This condemnation follows an incident in which a 77-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted and killed by her 37-year-old biological son at their house at Ga-Mampa Village in Mecklenburg policing area outside Sekhukhune on Sunday, 19 November 2023 at about 21:00.
It is alleged that the victim was with her 17-year-old grandson, when the suspect arrived and played his music loud. The elderly woman tried to reprimand her son but he became aggressive and started physically attacking her.
The grandson tried to intervene but he was also assaulted and that’s when he ran to the neighbours for assistance. Police were summoned to the scene and upon arrival, they found the victim lying unconsciously on the floor and heavily bleeding.
The victim had also sustained injuries throughout her body. She was certified dead on the scene by the medical emergency services personnel.
The suspect had already fled the scene. Police have opened a case of murder.
The Provincial Commissioner has expressed deep concern, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation and justice to prevail. She urged the community to refrain from violent acts when faced with domestic challenges but resolve their issues amicably.
Anyone with information that can assist police in their investigation can contact the Branch Commander Lieutenant Colonel Livingstone Muluadzi on 082 414 3070 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or use MySAPS app.
Police investigations are still continuing.