Tebogo Msimanga |
The two suspects, Frans Mashitele aged 32 and Marotji Shokane aged 33 charged with the murder of a 90-year-old woman and her blind son aged 71, appeared before the Mankweng Regional Court on Monday.
The pair was arrested after a house robbery incident that took place on 14 November 2020 at Marobala village in the Sebayeng policing area outside Mankweng.
Limpopo police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe said it is alleged that the victims were sleeping when two suspects forcefully entered inside the house and demanded money from the elderly woman.
“In the process, they assaulted and stabbed both victims several times with a sharp instrument before they fled the scene. The Police and the Medical Emergency Services (EMS) were called to the scene and declared the woman dead on the scene. Her son was taken to hospital with serious injuries.”
Ngoepe added that an Intelligence-driven joint operation “Tshwara tsotsi” was then activated to track down the suspects.
“The suspects were arrested at the local tavern following a positive tip-off from members of the community and they were positively linked to the incident,” said Ngoepe.
Both suspects were remanded in custody until 19 March 2021 for further Police investigations.