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2024/01/16      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

Police in Tlhabane launched a search following the murder of a 37-year-old woman and her mother, aged 73. The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, 14 January 2024, at Matlhatsimarwana Section, Lefaragatlhe village outside Rustenburg.

It is alleged that the 37-year-old woman woke up to open the door for her boyfriend. Reports suggest that without provocation, the boyfriend attacked and stabbed his girlfriend several times with a knife. He then proceeded to the room where he stabbed the old woman several times as well before fleeing the scene on foot.

The old woman was certified dead at the scene while her daughter who leaves behind a five-month-old baby, succumbed to her injuries at Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg. The police traced the suspect including at his rented place, but was not found. The motive of the incident is yet to be determined and investigations are underway.

The police request anyone who may have information that can assist in the investigation including the arrest of the suspect, to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Warrant Officer Khomotjo Matlala on 076 257 9026 or to call the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number: 08600 10111. Anonymous tip-offs can also be shared via MySAPS App.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned in the strongest possible terms, the brutal killing of the pair by someone who was supposed to protect them.  He instructed the investigation team to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the alleged perpetrator is brought to book.