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End GBV: Woman hacked to death by boyfriend in Mpumalanga

In yet another case of gender-based violence (GBV), a young woman was found with multiple injuries lying in a pool of blood in Mpumalanga.

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A man is expected to appear in court on Monday after he allegedly hacked his girlfriend to death.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, police spokesperson said the murder took place on Friday at Hartebeeskop near Oshoek.

“Reports indicate that a concerned citizen notified the police about a domestic violence incident in which a man was reportedly abusing his girlfriend at a certain house in the area.”


Hlathi said police, upon arrival at the scene, found a 24-year-old woman with severe multiple injuries lying in a pool of blood.

“She was unfortunately certified dead by paramedics.”

Hlathi said preliminary investigation suggests that the woman was allegedly hacked by the 33-year-old accused who then fled the scene thereafter.

“Police then registered a murder case and immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect. Their relentless efforts paid off as they managed to immediately make a breakthrough the same day, when they sniffed the suspect out of his hiding place at Dondonald near Elukwatini, hence the court appearance.”

He added that police also discovered that on Thursday, 10 June 2021, the accused was convicted by the court in a business burglary case where he received a suspended sentence.


The man is due to appear before the Eerstehoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the murder.

General Phahla has called on people to refrain from using violence to resolve domestic issues.

“The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla has strongly condemned the incident in which this woman died.”

“Gender-Based-Violence can never be condoned as a normal behaviour in our society or something to be emulated. Those who grew up in violent family setup where violence was the order of the day, should urgently get professional help before it is too late, “remarked General Phahla.

Women in abused relationships are urged to contact People Opposed to Woman Abuse (POWA).


POWA is a feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life.

POWA also provides shelter services for clients (and their children where relevant) who have been the victims of GBV. These services are located in the East and West Rand, and a “second stage” house is located in Berea. POWA also provides several forms of counselling to clients (including shelter clients), such as face-to-face counselling, support groups (facilitated by a social worker), and telephone counselling and referrals.

The Legal and Advocacy Department at POWA also assists women, approximately 50 per month, with telephonic and face-to-face legal advice to women, court preparation and support, and referral to other professionals and practitioners (pro bono). Click here for the website ( or contact them on: 011 642 4345