Gogo rapist

The alleged rapist remains under police guard in a KZN hospital – Photo: Adobe Stock

Elderly couple murdered in Eastern Cape homestead

In what could be a tragic murder-suicide, the couple’s neighbour discovered their bodies in their bedroom

Gogo rapist

The alleged rapist remains under police guard in a KZN hospital – Photo: Adobe Stock

An elderly couple from Mswakazi local municipality, Lusikisiki in Eastern Cape has died after being brutally killed inside their own home on Friday, 12 June 2020.

The victims, a 91-year-old man and 85-year-old woman were staying at their homestead with their 22-year-old granddaughter.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province has strongly condemned the incident.

“It is alleged that on 12 June 2020, a neighbour was alarmed when she didn’t see the elderly outside and decided to visit their home. She allegedly entered through an open front door and the man and woman’s bodies were found inside the bedroom with upper body stab wounds”, said SAPS provincial spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci.

Murder-suicide a possibility

The community became suspicious when they couldn’t see the couple’s granddaughter at that time. In a twist which could turn the case on its head, the woman’s body was later found hanging on a tree with a rope tied to her neck, following an extensive search.

Blood stains were visible on her clothes and shoes.

It was also discovered that the bloody shoeprints found at the house of the deceased couple matched takkies the young woman was found wearing. In light of the developments, police could be looking at a murder-suicide.

They have now launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding all three deaths.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has strongly condemned the senseless murders.

“Nobody deserves to die in such a painful way, especially our elderly vulnerable people. Communities should unite and work together with the police and eradicate any forms of criminality in their communities”, she urged.

Woman and her uncle in custody for murder

At the same time in KwaZulu-Natal, a police have had a breakthrough in a murder case from March, finally arresting two suspects aged 25 and 38.

On 8 March 2020, a 54 year-old man was found dead in his home in Nseleni township, with his arms and legs tied. He had been strangled to death and his laptop was stolen.

“An extensive investigation led police to Kwambonambi where a 25-year-old female suspect was arrested and police proceeded to Macekane where a 38-year-old suspect was apprehended. Police also recovered the deceased’ laptop from one of the suspects. They are in custody at Empangeni police station. They will be charged for murder and will appear at the Empangeni Magistrates Court on 15 June 2020”, said Colonel Thembeka Mbele.