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Elderly woman hacked to death with a panga, daughter injured by ex-boyfriend

Limpopo police have intensified a manhunt for a suspect who allegedly hacked an elderly woman to death with a panga and attempted to murder her daughter.

The incident reportedly occurred on 21 January 2023 at about 01:00 in Mashau Bodwe village outside Louis Trichardt.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Limpopo, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, said it is alleged the deceased, her daughter and three grandchildren were asleep when the daughter’s alleged ex-boyfriend forcibly entered the house and started to hack both women with a panga.

The suspect then forced their five-year-old child into the vehicle belonging to his mother (ex-girlfriend) and drove away. Ledwaba said both victims were taken to hospital after they sustained severe injuries.

“Consequent to the horrific incident, police opened two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, and theft of a motor vehicle. A search for the suspect was immediately activated.

“The vehicle was later found abandoned in Makhado, and soon after that, the child was also safely located at his father’s homestead in Mashamba village, but the suspect had disappeared,” he said.

Malesela said the elderly woman, who was identified as Rose Mabasa, later succumbed to the injuries, and the attempted murder case was changed into murder.

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Police are calling upon Mthandazo Joseph Baskete from Mashamba village in Mukondeni outside Louis Trichardt, a taxi driver in the area, to report to the nearest police station as they believe he can assist the police with the investigation in this matter.

Police have urged anyone with information that can lead to the suspect’s apprehension should contact the investigating officer Warrant Officer Mutshutshu Edward Mudogwa, on 072 107 6731 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or use the MySAPS app.

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