A 43-year-old-woman, who was employed as an admin Clerk in the SAPS was brutally murdered allegedly by her partner at Esizamelini in Wakkerstroom. Her lifeless body was reportedly discovered on 20 June 2022 around 08h00 am.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mholala, said on the sad day a 13 year-old boy went to his bedroom, where and stumbled into a lifeless body of a woman known to him as a neighbour, laying in her bed. She then informed an adult who then reported the matter to the police as well as the emergency medical personnel.
“Upon their arrival, her body was found in a pool of blood with some bruises on the upper parts. Preliminary probe by the police suggests that she might have been strangled. She was unfortunately certified dead by the paramedics at the scene. A murder case was then opened and investigated by the police. The investigation thus far revealed that the suspect was last seen with the slain woman as he reportedly visited her,” he said.
He also said the police worked hard in their investigation to crack the case whereby a manhunt was launched for the suspect. The smart members were then led to a 34-year-old man who was reportedly seen with the victim at the said house before her body was discovered.
“He was arrested and charged with murder and is expected to appear at the Wakkestroom Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 June 2022, facing the said charges. At this stage the motive for the killing is unknown.
The provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the suspect at same time expressed her disappointment on the incidents of Gender-Based-Violence where women across the board continue to suffer at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them. “The situation of brutal murders of women by their spouses can never be allowed to carry on like this. We need to put a stop on these and we hope that the law will take its course in dealing with perpetrators” said the General.