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Acting Provincial Commissioner concerned about children who murder their parents

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga


NELSPRUIT - The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla has expressed his extreme concern over children who murdered their parents recently out of uncontrollable anger.

The General's concern comes after two incidents that were reported in one district where parents were mercilessly hacked to death by their children. In one of the incidents, which happened on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, a 55-year-old man was reportedly hacked to death by his own son, aged 28. This horrible incident has sent shock waves through the community and it is said to have occurred at Mabharhula Trust in Calcutta near Hazyview.

The reports further revealed that some members of the community then angrily apprehended the alleged suspect and allegedly assaulted him, an action which is discouraged by police who immediately attended the scene.

Upon their arrival, they found the victim lying in a pool of blood with multiple open wounds on his body and was unfortunately certified dead by paramedics. A murder case was then opened, meanwhile the suspect was arrested but hospitalised as a result of the assault. He is currently under police guard and is due to appear before the Mkhuhlu Magistrate's Court as soon as he is discharged from hospital.

Recently, the office of the Acting Provincial Commissioner issued a statement regarding a 17-year-old teenager who allegedly murdered his 52-year-old uncle who lived with him as his only guardian. The incident is said to have taken place on Monday, 21 June 2021, at Ratanang Village in Casteel near Bushbuckridge.

The investigation into this matter revealed that the teenager was at home when his uncle arrived. It is said that an argument broke out between them which ended sadly as the boy allegedly stabbed his uncle in the upper body repeatedly. The victim unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and the matter is currently before court.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Phahla has once again denounced violence as a way to resolve disputes. "These incidents are seriously regrettable, 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 should know that such actions have serious consequences," concluded General Phahla.



Brigadier Leonard Hlathi