Woman (77) hacked to death with a panga, Louis Trichardt

South African Police Service

Woman (77) hacked to death with a panga, Louis Trichardt
Woman (77) hacked to death with a panga, Louis Trichardt

The Police in Levubu have intensified a manhunt for the suspect responsible for the murder a 77-year-old woman and an attempted murder of her daughter, aged 32, in an apparent domestic violence incident that took place on 21 January 2023 at about 01:00 in Mashau Bodwe village outside Louis Trichardt.

It is alleged the deceased together with her daughter and her three children were asleep when her daughter’s alleged ex-boyfriend forcibly entered the house and started to hack both women with a panga.

The suspect then forced their five-year-old child into the vehicle belonging to his mother (ex-girlfriend) and drove away.

Both victims were taken to hospital after they sustained severe injuries. Consequent to the horrific incident, Police opened two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle.

A manhunt for the suspect was immediately activated.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in Makhado and soon after that the child was also safely located at his father’s homestead in Mashamba village but the suspect had disappeared.

Sadly, the 77-year-old woman, later succumbed to the injuries and the attempted murder case was changed into murder.

She was identified as Rose Mabasa.

Police are calling upon Mr Mthandazo Joseph Baskete (pictured below) from Mashamba village in Mukondeni outside Louis Trichardt, who was a taxi driver in the area, to report to the nearest police station as they believe he can assist the Police with the investigation in this matter.

Anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspect should urgently contact the investigating officer Warrant Officer Mutshutshu Edward Mudogwa on 072 107 6731 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or use MySAPS app.

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