Pensioner assaulted and stabbed to death, blind son wounded during robbery

Two people accused of killing a 90-year-old woman and assaulting her 71-year-old son who is blind will remain behind bars for some time. This comes after their case was postponed at the Mankweng Regional Court to allow police to conduct more investigations into the matter and they were remanded in custody.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said Frans Mashitele, 32, and Marotji Shokane, 33, are accused of breaking into the home of Ledile Sarah Dikgale and her son on November 14 last year in Marobala village. The victims were asleep at the time.

“The victims were allegedly sleeping when two suspects forcefully entered their 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,” said Ngoepe.

“The police and the emergency medical services were called to the scene and declared the woman dead. Her son was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The police registered cases of house robbery, murder and attempted murder. An intelligence-driven joint operation, ’Tshwara tsotsi’, was then activated to track down the suspects, comprising of the Capricorn (SAPS) tracing team and Crime Intelligence Unit joined by the Sebayeng detectives,” said Ngoepe.

Ngoepe said the suspects were arrested at a local tavern following a positive tip-off from members of the community and they were positively linked to the incident. He also said the suspects will be back in court on the 19th of March, this year.

In a separate case, last week the SAPS in Sekgosese, outside Giyani in Limpopo’s Mopani district, arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old girl. According to Ngoepe, Lerato Ramatsela was killed on Wednesday in Thabanaswana village.

“Neighbours reportedly discovered her body in the nearby bushes with her hands tied. The police were immediately summoned to the scene, and upon arrival they commenced with initial investigations and a manhunt for the suspect,” said Ngoepe.

Ngope said the suspect, who lives in the area, was immediately arrested at his home. He said it is believed that the young girl was tied and strangled to death and that the motive behind this incident is not clear at the moment but the  police investigations are on-going.

Limpopo police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba condemned the murder and commended detectives for quickly arresting the 24-year-old suspect.

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