Award-winning Ndebele artist Dr Esther Mahlangu became the victim of a violent attack when an unknown man entered her home in Mpumalanga, Siyabuswa, which is near Kwamhlanga. The man savagely beat the 87-year-old who had found him inside her home when she was preparing to go to bed.
According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga, Mahlangu was alone at the time of the incident, which occurred on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at around 15:00.
â€œDetails of the robbery indicate that on the said day, the old woman, who was alone at the time, was preparing to take a nap when she reportedly locked all doors of her house. Strangely, she noticed a man unknown to her inside her house. The man then allegedly grabbed her and punched her in the face before tying both her hands with a cable and tried to strangle her until she reportedly became inconscious,â€ said SAPS Provincial spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.
Mahlangu is considered a national treasure whose works of art have gained critical acclaim all over the world. She even caught the eye of car manufacturer BMW, which partnered with her for a lucrative art project in 2016.
MANHUNT UNDERWAY FOR ESTHER MAHLANGUâ€™S ATTACKER
Mpumalanga police say the suspect in Dr Esther Mahlanguâ€™s home robbery and assault is still at large and have urged anyone with relevant information to come forward or contact the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.
According to Mohlala, Mahlangu doesnâ€™t recall what happened after she was physically attacked, but when she regained consciousness, realised that the attacker made off with her firearm and money which was kept in a safe. The intruder also ransacked her home.
â€œThe woman sustained some bruises on her face and the matter was reported to police at Siyabuswa whereby a house robbery case was opened, hence the manhunt,â€ Mohlala added.
Mpumalangaâ€™s Police Commissioner Lieutenant Daphney Manamela has condemned the incident and called for the attacker to be brought to book.
â€œIt is shameful to hear that our senior citizens are now being targeted by heartless criminals who show no mercy at all. On Sunday (20 March 2022) we had an incident of this nature where an old male pensioner was strangled to death in Delmas. This cannot be allowed to continue unabated. The person who committed this evil act against one of the countryâ€™s asset must be swiftly hunted down and brought to bookâ€
Mpumalangaâ€™s Police Commissioner Lieutenant Daphney Manamela