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Mother arrested for allegedly decapitating wheelchair-bound son


A 48-year-old woman has been arrested in Limpopo after she allegedly cut off the head of her 18-year-old wheelchair-bound son with a knife outside a tavern.

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A 48-YEAR-old woman has been arrested in Limpopo after she allegedly murdered her 18-year-old wheelchair-bound son.

The mother allegedly chopped off her son’s head, in an incident described as “shocking” by the police in Limpopo.

The incident happened at Leshikishiki village, in Lebowakgomo policing area.

“A report was lodged about the murder of a young man at around 1pm on Friday, May 3, 2024. Upon arrival of the police at the scene, next to a local tavern, they found the decapitated body of an 18-year-old man lying on his wheelchair and his head on the ground,” said Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba.

“Shockingly, there were no people found on the scene.”

Mashaba said the police officers commenced with initial investigations, and the deceased teenager’s mother was located.

“Subsequent to thorough investigations, she was positively linked to the murder of her own son and she was arrested. Police have also seized a knife at the scene, allegedly used by the suspect (the mother) to cut off the victim’s head,” he said.

The provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, said she is “deeply shocked” by the tragic incident.

“This is a heartbreaking incident that has deeply affected our community and the SAPS family. While the police are duty bound to protect and serve the public, the parents have a critical role to nurture and protect their children,” said Hadebe.

“This horrendous act by the senseless mother is condemned in its contempt. The law will take course without fear or favour.”

The police in Limpopo have opened a case of murder and the motive behind the gruesome attack is not yet known.

The 48-year-old mother is set to appear before the Thabamoopo Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo.

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