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Two charged with killing Limpopo woman, 90, and attacking her blind son, 71


The robbers assaulted and stabbed both victims several times.

Handcuffs and crime scene tape.
The victims were asleep when the robbers forcefully entered their home and demanded money. File picture

PRETORIA, February 16 (ANA) – Two people have been remanded in custody by the Mankweng Regional Court in Limpopo after being charged with the murder of a 90-year-old woman, Ledile Sarah Dikgale, and the attempted murder of her 71-year-old son, who is blind.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the two suspects, Frans Mashitele, 32, and Marotji Shokane, 33, appeared before the court on Monday.

“They were remanded in custody until 19 March 2021 for further police investigations. Their arrest comes after a house robbery incident that took place on 14 November 2020 at Marobala village in the Sebayeng policing area outside Mankweng,” said Ngoepe.

“The victims were allegedly sleeping when two suspects forcefully entered their house and demanded money from the elderly woman. In the process, they assaulted and stabbed both victims several times with a sharp instrument before they fled the scene.”

Police and the emergency medical services were called to the scene and declared the woman dead. Her son was taken to hospital with serious injuries, said Ngoepe.

The police registered cases of house robbery, murder and attempted murder.

“An intelligence-driven joint operation, ’Tshwara tsotsi’, was then activated to track down the suspects, comprising of the Capricorn (SAPS) tracing team and Crime Intelligence Unit joined by the Sebayeng detectives,” said Ngoepe.

“The suspects were arrested at the local tavern following a positive tip-off from members of the community and they were positively linked to the incident.”

In a separate case, last week the SAPS in Sekgosese, outside Giyani in Limpopo’s Mopani district, arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old girl.

Lerato Ramatsela was killed on Wednesday in Thabanaswana village, Ngoepe said at the time.

“Neighbours reportedly discovered her body in the nearby bushes with her hands tied. The police were immediately summoned to the scene, and upon arrival they commenced with initial investigations and a manhunt for the suspect.

“The suspect, who is staying in the area, was immediately arrested at his home. It is believed that the young girl was tied and strangled to death. The motive behind this incident is not clear at this stage but the ongoing police investigations will tell,” he said.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba condemned the murder and commended detectives for quickly arresting the 24-year-old suspect.

– African News Agency (ANA)