Two brutal killings in Mpumalanga has the acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla, “extremely concerned.” This comes after children murdered their parents, in two separate incidents, out of “uncontrollable anger,” according to the commissioner.
According to the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) spokesperson in the province, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, two incidents, where parents were “mercilessly hacked to death by their children”, were reported in the same district.
Recently, a 55-year-old man was reportedly hacked to death by his 28-year-old son.
“This horrible incident sent shock waves through the community and it is said to have occurred at Mabharhula Trust in Calcutta near Hazyview,” said Hlathi.
It is said that some of the community members reportedly caught the son and allegedly assaulted him. When the police arrived at the scene they found the father lying in a pool of blood with multiple wounds to his body – he was certified dead by paramedics.
A murder case was opened and the son was arrested. The suspect is currently under police guard at a hospital because of the alleged beating by the community. Once he is fit, the suspect is expected to appear before the Mkhulu Magistrate’s Court.
Earlier this week, we reported about a 17-year-old boy from Ratanang Village, Casteel who allegedly stabbed his uncle, who was his sole guardian, to death after a heated argument.
According to the police investigation, the teen was at home when his uncle arrived and an argument broke out. The suspect stabbed the deceased in the upper body multiple times.
Major General Phahla reiterated that violence is not the way to resolve disputes. He said these incidents are seriously regrettable. Phahla added that family members should be there for each other and not turn against one another.
“Be that as it may, the law must take its course and people know that such actions have serious consequences,” said Phahla.