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Pensioners, aged 75 and 92, arrested for murder of 80-year-old man both die in custody

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Two elderly friends, aged 92 and 75, have both died while in custody for the brutal murder of an 80-year-old pensioner.

The Department of Correctional Services said Daniel Madumo, 92, and Jeremia Mmatli, 75, both died in the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre while in custody for the murder of a fellow pensioner, 80-year-old Godfrey Thema Motsepe. File picture: Willem Law

TWO PENSIONERS, Daniel Madumo, 92, and Jeremia Mmatli, 75, have both died while in custody for the brutal murder of another pensioner, aged 80.

It was reported earlier this month that Madumo and Mmatli were remanded in custody when they appeared before the Brits Magistrate’s Court for a bail application, after the murder of 80-year-old Godfrey Thema Motsepe.

The murder happened in an old-age home in the North West.

In an update, the Department of Correctional Services spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, has confirmed that both murder-accused pensioners have died within days of each other.

“The Department of Correctional Services can confirm the death of 92-year-old Daniel Madumo. He was charged together with the late Jeremia Mmatli for a case of murder at an old-age home in the North West. They were both admitted on June 3, 2024, at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre (in Tshwane),” said Nxumalo.

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“Daniel Madumo had to be transferred to an outside hospital on June 22, 2024, due to health complications and sadly passed away on June 24.”

Jeremia Mmatli died on Thursday last week.

“With both accused now deceased, the court shall provide direction on what is to happen in the court case,” said Nxumalo.

Previously, North West police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Amanda Funani said the two pensioners were arrested in Jericho village last month.

“Reports suggest that the victim (Motsepe) and the suspects (Madumo and Mmatli) stayed at an old-age home. A fight allegedly ensued between the suspects and the victim at about 4am on May 30,” said Funani at the time.

“According to information, the victim was coming from the bathroom, when he met with the suspects who were on their way to the bathroom. The victim allegedly bumped one of the suspects, who hit the former with his crutches.”

After Motsepe was hit with crutches, police said Madumo and Mmatli, who were friends, allegedly joined together in assaulting the outnumbered victim.

“The owner of the old-age home was notified and the police were summoned. The victim, who sustained head injuries, was transported to hospital by an ambulance, but was certified dead on arrival. The two suspects were later arrested for murder,” said Funani.

After the arrest of Madumo and Mmatli, the provincial commissioner of the SAPS in the North West, Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena, expressed “shock” over the incident.

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